Man arrested in connection with human trafficking of juveniles

By Nikki Bowers | nbowers@8newsnow.com

Published 08/24 2016 01:37PM

Updated 08/24 2016 11:31PM

A 63-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Tuesday for human trafficking, Metro said. According to Police, David Coil lured teenage juveniles to commit acts of prostitution through postings on Craigslist.

Metro Police said detectives with the Vice and Sex Trafficking Investigations Section initiated an investigation into Coil in May 2016.  The investigation revealed that the suspect had been involved in human trafficking since October 2015.

Esther Brown is the founder of the Embracing Project and has helped hundreds of girls break away from the shackles of human sex trafficking. Brown is happy coil is off the street.

"I've see the suffering and I see the pain and the challenges that the girls have to go through,” Brown said. "Unfortunately the internet is one of the tools that are used by predators to lure our kids into sex trafficking."

Brown says many perpetrators often appear to live double lives.

"The perpetrators are violent and put a lot of fear in the kids,” Brown adds. “Also sometimes if the kid doesn't have a support system it's very difficult for them because they feel they can't get out." 

Coil was transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he currently faces charges of:

  • Sex trafficking of a child under 18
  • Solicit/Engage in child prostitution (4 counts)
  • Attempted sex trafficking of a child

Anyone who believes their child may have been a victim or anyone who may have answered an ad from David Coil and believes they may have been a victim is urged to contact the LVMPD Vice and Sex Trafficking Investigations Section at 702-828-3455. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com, or text CRIMENV plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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