A 22-year-old Florida woman has been arrested for allegedly running an online prostitution ring employing underage female runaways.
According to police, Devin Rachelle Miller would hire out two teenage girls, aged 16 and 17, for criminal activity. If the girls found the clients attractive, money would be exchanged for sex; however, if the men were deemed unattractive, Miller would have male associates enter the hotel room and rob the prospective john.
Investigators learned about Miller’s enterprise via the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, then tracked it via ads she and her associates placed on the embattled online classified site Backpage.com.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the classified ads “lured potential customers in with phrases like ‘Hey Fellas Ready To Have the Night You’ve Always Dreamed Of?’ and ‘We aim 2 Tease, Please & Satisfy.’”
Then “a teen who was reported missing by her family in early March was recovered a couple of weeks later,” the Sheriff’s Office stated. “When investigators interviewed her about where she had been, the 16-year-old said she had stayed at Miller’s house where both juvenile and adult prostitution took place. While there she also had access to drugs and alcohol.”
“Men who responded to the ads traveled to Miller’s house on Blaine Circle,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “They paid Miller at the door and then went inside to hang out with the teens. The first few times this happened, the teens didn’t engage in any sex acts. Instead, Miller would have some male friends chase the customers away without a refund. On some occasions, the friends would rob the customers at gunpoint, taking any additional money the customers had on them.”
Miller has been charged with five counts of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution, five counts of deriving support from proceeds of prostitution, child neglect, petit theft, burglary, grand theft and use of a 2-way communication device to commit felony.
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