By Julia Deng
MIDLAND - You might find your one true love swiping through Tinder - a matchmaking mobile app that launched in 2012 and now has more than 50 million users - or you might find prostitutes.
According to Texas law enforcement agencies, recent spikes in sex crimes could be the result of dating apps, which give sex workers a new place to discreetly advertise their services.
Tinder users within a 20-mile radius of Odessa reportedly came across one prostitute soliciting sex through the app for "every 40 or 50 profiles" they swiped past.
"I actually went on a date with a girl who was a prostitute," a 28-year-old male user revealed. "I had no idea until I got there."
West Texas sex workers are also making the most of their "tech-savvy ways" on other apps and sites, according to Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur.
"Craigslist, Backpages [and] other ones," he said. "But we are definitely aware of them and they are being investigated. The population here is growing like crazy and there's a lot of money here, which attracts [prostitutes]."
Due to ongoing investigations, LeSueur was unable to go into detail about which apps were being monitored and how police tracked "suspicious" users.