The State Journal chose not to identify the MSU student because he could not be reached for comment and was not charged with a crime. 21, a friend sent Ireland a link to an online story about the missing girl. Minutes after posting the ads, someone used the same computer to search for information on teen prostitution.Ireland told police the MSU student posted the ads.Trafficking "is a concern for all law enforcement," said Capt. "The communities that surround campus, as well as on campus.It should be on everyone's radar and investigated."Sometime in the last few weeks, the FBI in Detroit came across two “very active prostitutes.” They were “recovered,” not arrested, said Maureen Reddy, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s operation in Michigan. The recovery approach, which places victims in shelters or with family instead of jail, is part of the shift in the way the crime and its victims are viewed.“I don’t think it’s a new crime,” Reddy said.She also had a profile on the site Meet Me.com, where she claimed she was 18.Her family was unaware she was on those sites, they would later tell police. 20, 2015, Ireland and a friend, a graduate student at MSU, picked the young girl up in that snowy parking lot where her mother lost sight of her.“Slowly but surely, people are starting to realize that prostitution is a form of trafficking and these women are being forced by someone in the background that’s profiting off of it.”Price said there are communities whose residents and officials think trafficking doesn't affect them, but tips will flow in once police there are trained in the signs of trafficking and the questions to ask.
Experts say just as there’s no community immune from the crime, there’s no demographic — age, race, gender, religion, economic class — not at risk of being victimized. It’s a problem thrust into the local spotlight by recent high-profile sex-trafficking cases against Lansing’s Tyrone Smith and Christopher Bryant.Prosecutors were unwilling to strike a deal with Ireland for testimony against the student, according to police reports.The student has since graduated and works for a banking firm in the Baltimore area.That night, Ireland raped the girl while she was sleeping. Ireland is now in prison, at least until 2022, on multiple charges related to the rape.MSU police sought child pornography, human trafficking and other charges against the MSU student, but Ingham County prosecutors denied the request because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the student, and not Ireland, had posted the ads.