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Local Escort Service Profiles Missing Colorado Teen

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LAS VEGAS -- A missing Colorado teen's picture has shown up on an escort service's website in the Las Vegas valley.

Nineteen-year-old Kara Nichols hasn't been seen since October. Now, authorities are looking into the illegal sex industry in Nevada for answers.

Las Vegas is a hot bed for the sex business - from smut peddlers to websites offering girls straight to hotel rooms, according to local authorities.

Investigators said it's possible Nichols is a victim to the illegal side of the human sex trafficking business. The aspiring model from Colorado Springs has not been seen or heard from since early October.

Family representative Michelle Bart is struggling with figuring out what happened to Nichols.

"For 51 days, without her reaching out to someone, all of a sudden a site is established," Bart said. "She is the type of daughter that would pick up the phone if she wasn't prevented from doing so."

Authorities said that Nichols was supposed to go to Denver for a modeling gig and hasn't been seen since.  Nichols had been missing for almost two months when a Las Vegas based service, www.myredbook.com, profiled her.

The profile shows erotic pictures of Nichols and lists her being in Las Vegas. Her family believes it could be a cruel hoax.

"We had not seen those photos. Those are not in her bedroom. I don't know if they are a Photoshopped situation or not," Bart said. "Unfortunately, this has definitely shaken the family quite a bit, that somebody would be this vicious."

Metro Police said it's not uncommon for pictures to be taken from other websites and then posted on escort sites trying to lure customers.

Despite the ad, which has since been taken down, authorities said there isn't any evidence Nichols is in Las Vegas. Metro has been in contact with authorities in Colorado regarding the case.

Police in Colorado Springs have questioned one woman, who was last seen with Nichols near her home, but it hasn't provided any leads.

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