The Internet has made hiring a prostitute almost as easy as buying a book from Amazon.
In her online ad, Kelly describes herself as a 25-year-old articulate Brazilian swimsuit model. For a $400 ''donation,'' the petite, brown-eyed blond will give clients a ''fantastic, unrushed session'' for an hour at a Miami Beach hotel. Code words aside, Kelly is a prostitute, but she's no streetwalker. She's one of hundreds of South Florida women and their handlers who use the Web to sell sex.
In light of the bombshell federal wiretap case that ensnared New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a glimpse into South Florida's lucrative online escort industry reveals it is thriving and operates without much enforcement. A check Tuesday of cityvibe.com and eros.com — sits where escorts and their companies post ads — showed 804 listings for female prostitutes in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. One site advertising male escorts listed 80 South Florida providers on Tuesday. And that's only three websites.
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