It’s the oldest profession in the world - but it’s not one you would expect to find in Stephenville.
But Tarrant County authorities recently announced that they have broken up an Internet prostitution ring that originated in Stephenville, then moved its “corporate office” to the Metroplex.
According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, two women and one man were recently arrested and charged with prostitution and for promoting prostitution.
Lieutenant Don Miller with the Stephenville Police Department remembers investigating the prostitution ring when it was operating in Stephenville from a building located on East Washington Street.
Miller said an informant tipped off investigators, but before the investigation was complete or any arrests could be made, the group picked up and moved to Fort Worth, where authorities there took over the investigation.
On Thursday, the group’s Web site, mytruegirl.com, could still be accessed.
The Web site stated that “My True Girl” was founded in Stephenville in May 2005, offering escort services with female companionship, until it moved its corporate office to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“We are now DFW’s No. 1 escort service offering real girls at real prices,” the Web site touted. “The girls you see on this website are the actual girls that work here. We are very picky about the girls we hire.”
The Web site also listed prices for services ranging from one hour ($200) to all night (12 hours for $2,200).
Miller said investigating prostitution rings can be complex because the businesses often involve human trafficking.
“We don’t know if that’s the case with this group, but it’s something we always have to consider,” Miller said.
The Web site promoted two women for sale - one from the U.S. and one from France. A third, Emily, was due to arrive from France soon to begin work.
Miller said although he is aware of other cases in Stephenville where sex has been sold, this was the first case he is aware of that operated from the Internet.
Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.