Woman receiving calls for sex discovers her phone number online

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Lee County woman who says she has received dozens of calls asking for sex uncovered someone had posted her name and phone number on a porn website.

“The first one you think ‘oh it must be the wrong number,'” said the victim who preferred not to be identified, “but after you get about 50 of them, you know it’s not.”

Her phone was also inundated with extremely vulgar and explicit text messages.

She believes someone she only met a handful of times may have posted her phone number online.

“I only found myself on Backpage,” the victim said, but others told her they had found her personal information on at least one additional porn website.

She spent two nights at a hotel, terrified someone would go to her house and hurt her.

“It’s annoying too, constantly getting pictures of peoples’ private parts.”

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says although it’s unfortunate her number was posted to porn sites, there is no crime to prosecute and law enforcement’s hands are tied.

Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Molloy says there are challenges, but it’s not impossible to prosecute internet harassment.

“People who are victimized need to stand up, make that commitment to work law enforcement so that not only does this not happen to them again, but so that this doesn’t happen to somebody else,” Molloy said.

The woman reached out to one of the websites asking to find out who had posted her information, but the site told her she would need a subpoena to get it.

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