A Middleton man was caught in an online prostitution ring, which is just the tip of the Internet crime iceberg, authorities said. Law enforcement said prostitution is prevalent online, but finding the culprits can get complex, expensive and time consuming.
Just a few clicks of the mouse and Web users will find they can buy or sell almost anything on sites like backpage.com.
Ads can be found promising $80 specials for a "good time."
"It's a very easy way for them to sell their wares and make victims available for victimization on the Internet," said Dean Stensberg, director of public affairs with the state Department of Justice.
Alvin Siller, 38, known as "Slim," has been charged with more than a dozen felony offenses, including human trafficking, pimping and child enticement. Siller is accused of using backpage.com to advertise women for sex.
It's a case Middleton police have been tracking for more than a year.