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Albany County DA to post sex patrons online

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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— Albany County's chief prosecutor has established a website about sex trafficking victims, where he plans to post mug shots of patrons to dent the demand side of that illicit market.

District Attorney P. David Soares says traffickers increasingly use the Internet to advertise and arrange sex between so-called "Johns" and sex workers, including young women from tough circumstances he says are recruited and victimized by traffickers.

The first criminal profile on the site is 38-year-old John Hammond, sentenced last month to two to six years in state prison for attempted trafficking of a young woman at a suburban Albany motel in 2012.

Investigators say Hammond coerced her, convincing her that she had to work as a prostitute to pay her sister's debts, and then her own, and supplied heroin.

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