Dallas man accused of luring teen to run away via social media, prostitute

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Dallas man accused of luring teen to run away via social media, prostitute

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by MARJORIE OWENS / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

DALLAS — Police arrested a 32-year-old Dallas man after he allegedly lured a 13-year-old teen to run away from her home and work as a prostitute, read an arrest warrant.

According to the warrant, the victim told police she met Ladarin Franklin, known as "Bloodshot," on a social media site called MocoSpace. The teen told police she talked with Franklin for a month before he convinced her to leave her home and work for him as a prostitute.

From February 2 to May 1, the teen lived at various motels paid by Franklin, who served as her pimp, read the warrant.

The teen was discovered after an undercover detective found an advertisement on Backpage.com soliciting "sexy immaculate skills." The detective called the number listed on the advertisement and agreed to meet the woman who answered the call at a motel in the 8100 block of North Stemmons Freeway.

According to the warrant, the detective requested the girl whose picture was used in the ad and the young victim was sent to the motel room. The teen and another woman admitted to working for Franklin, who was charged with child trafficking, detectives said.

MocoSpace is a social media site in which people can play games and chat with others. The site has made news across the country several times as a place where sexual predators targeted young victims.

Earlier in the month, a man and woman were arrested in Fort Lauderdale on human trafficking charges. According to police records, an undercover officer posed as a teen and conversed with Devaun Canion, 21, and Kamille Clarke, 19. The two were arrested after allegedly offering to serve as pimps for the person they believed was a teen girl.

 

 

 

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