TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — This year the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office has filed 14 prostitution cases. A number that has skyrocketed from 2013.
The arrest of 19-year-old Malika Nichole Granados is part of several growing trends in Tippecanoe County. She was arrested Tuesday on preliminary charges of promoting prostitution and prostitution.
In the first five months of 2014, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington has filed 14 prostitution cases when he is used to filing one to five per year.
It’s a growing trend that could be thanks in part to the internet.
“The image my generation has of prostitution is the car driving up and down the dark alley looking for a lady on the corner, like you see in the movies. That type of activity doesn’t exist. They all use the internet to promote, contact and arrange,” explained Harrington.
Granados was arrested at the Red Roof Inn on State Road 26 in Lafayette.
Harrington said a majority of the arrests are at hotels indicating most of the prostitutes are coming from out of town.
“In fact, the majority of the ladies that have been arrested are not even from the Tippecanoe County area,” Harrington said. “They’re driving the interstate, and making contacts and arranging to be here in our community.”
For Harrington, the most alarming trend is the age.
“There have been several arrests where the women aren’t women. They are 18, 19, 20 years old. They’re still teenagers. That’s very disturbing,” Harrington said.
Harrington said there has been one case where the girl was under 18 years old.
As for Granados, a formal charge of prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor, has been filed against her.