Man charged with promoting prostitution of 16-year-old girl via Backpage.com

Kristen Johanson
August 13, 2018 - 3:25 pm
Preston Bell

Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia man has been charged with promoting prostitution of a minor in Atlantic County. 

Officials say 26-year-old Preston Bell was advertising the "sale" of a 16-year-old Indonesian girl on the website Backpage.com, which is known to be a hub of illegal prostitution and has been the focus an FBI investigation.

The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force arrested Bell on Aug. 7.

Prosecutors say Bell's arrest is the result of a five-month-long investigation. 

Backpage.com was shut down and seized by federal authorities in April.