An increasing number of women are using the internet to advertise eroticism, massage and much more in Eastern Carolina.
WITN interviewed a woman who asked us to conceal her identity while she revealed information about sex and money, her clients and her personal life.
One of the names she goes by is "Kelly." She says she is 24 and has been selling sex for years. She has advertised on craigslist.com.
Kelly says some of her top clients are government officials, lawyers, doctors and even a police officer.
She says she makes about $1,500 to $2,000 a week advertising on craigslist.com.
Despite the tough economy, she says men don't care about money when it comes to sex.
"For men, they have to have sex," Kelly said. "And if they're not getting it, then they're going to seek it. They could be to their last $200 in the bank and they would give it to me."
She's not alone. There are a growing number of women apparently doing the same thing, in New Bern, Jacksonville, Morehead City and Rocky Mount.
It's a growing concern of Morehead City Police Chief Wrenn Johnson. She says she has been keeping a close eye on the amount of new ads popping up on craigslist.com.
While some argue prostitution is a victimless crime, Chief Johnson disagrees.
"There's never a victimless crime," Wrenn told WITN News. "Someone always gets hurt. There is a spouse involved, there is a child involved. There is money being exchanged. Just like for drugs. There's money being taken out of a home to purchase services that needs to be placed in a home. There's never a victimless crime."
Kelly maintains it's not personal.
"I would never want to hurt anyone and their family," she said. "As a matter of fact, i don't want to know if they're married. I don't want to know if they have kids. I just want them to take care of business and leave."
Kelly said she was molested as a child. She said she's made mistakes, and it would "break her heart" if her daughter ever followed in her footsteps. But she said sometimes life calls for drastic measures.
"I won't say it's okay, but i would say as a last resort," Kelly said. "I would want her to do what she has to do to take care of her family."
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