Prosecutors: Philadelphia man advertised 16-year-old girl for sale online

- A Philadelphia man has been charged with promoting the prostitution of a minor, officials announced Monday.

Twenty-six-year-old Preston Bell was arrested in Northfield on Tuesday, August 7, by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.

Prosecutors say Bell advertised a 16-year-old girl from Indonesia for sale on Backpage.com and transported her to and from ‘dates.’

The State moved to detain Bell the day after he was charged, but he was released after a detention hearing.

The arrest stemmed from a five-month-long investigation.

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is urged to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or visit the prosecutor’s office website.

People can also call Crime Stoppers, which offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County, at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or by visiting Crime Stoppers.

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