AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A 25-year-old woman from Niles has been arrested after officers in Austintown investigated ads on Backpage.com.
Police said Candace Slusher had advertised in the Massage section of the website, offering massage services by a “young beautiful woman”. The ad went on to say that it offered massages of all types and did not request nude photographs, according to a police report.
Police said an undercover agent texted the number listed in the ad and Slusher identified himself as “Sarah” and began discussing prices, not to mention the massages. Police said they referred to a sex slang term and said, “I don’t go to hotels,” saying it was too risky.
She then asked the officer to bring condoms, according to the report.
Police said Slusher arrived at the scheduled meeting place at N. Meridian Road. It was driven by a man, who told police he did not know she was involved in prostitution. He was released at the scene.
Slusher admitted to being involved in prostitution because she did not have a job. She also admitted to being a recovering heroin addict, according to the police report.
Police said Slusher’s phone number and poster ID had more than 600 posts on Backpage.com, in the previous Women Seeking Men and Escort sections.
Police said text messages on Slusher’s phone showed conversations with men about illicit sexual activity and sensual massage services.
Slusher admitted she did not have a massage license, police said.
She is charged with soliciting prostitution and possession of criminal tools and is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. on June 5.