CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three men have been arrested in a sting targeting online prostitution on Friday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police began investigating the crimes after a trend of armed robberies related to prostitution ads on the internet website Backpage.com.
Ameer Brown, Jefferson Dill and Earon Drake have been charged with solicitation as a result of an undercover sting operation that took place on Wednesday.
Police said eight robberies were associated with this activity in 2012, and four have been reported in 2013.
Police said they've seen a growing number of cases with people who are looking for sex online becoming victims of robbery.