Prosecutors: Sheepshead Bay-Based Prostitution Ring Busted

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A high-priced prostitution ring that was based in Brooklyn but did a brisk business on the internet has been busted, prosecutors said.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office on Wednesday announced the indictment of 17 people and five corporations for operating the high-priced prostitution and drug ring.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: Major Bust In Brooklyn

District Attorney Charles Hynes says the defendants have been charged with running several websites that advertised escort services and with selling cocaine and other controlled substances.

Girls were on-call 24/7 through a variety of websites including Cupid Direct, Discreet Club and High Class New York. 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports there were also listings on Craigslist.

Some clients paid as much as $10,000 a night, Hynes said, and the charges to their credit cards were disguised on their statements.

He says the Sheepshead Bay-based ring brought in more than $2 million a year.

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  • The Facts

    Prostitution by adults, where no coersion is involved, is a victimless crime. Law enforcement resources could be better utilized against violent criminals.

    • KPMc

      What about the black market economy and lack of taxes collected?

      You also neglected to mention the cocaine they were selling.

      • The Facts

        Prostitutes should pay taxes like anyone else. Adult drug use should be decriminalized as well.

  • marx engels

    Remember every prostitute’s motto – the customer comes first.
    “A house is not a home” – Polly Adler, bless her heart, she always kept a kosher house.
    I often wonder what they put down under “Occupation” when they do their income taxes.
    If ever an industry was crying out for legalization, regulation, and tax revenue…

  • Jimmy

    $10,00 a night. Must be some customer list besides the local law enforcement and politicians.

  • bullett

    Well, I guess it’s back to Manhattan for me.

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