South Beach brothel/bus pulled over

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

Posted on Wed, Jun. 25, 2008

Clyde Scott — a 41-year-old with the words ”trust no man” tattooed on his back — was the driver and money holder.

Leah Harriss, Princess Thigpen and Kimberly Daniels allegedly lured the potential clients aboard and, along with Leighann Redding, offered sex for cash.

And Christine Morteh, 29, was their madame, police say.

These six tooled through South Beach in a massive limo bus last weekend in what police are calling a brothel-on-wheels.

Their enterprise came to a screeching halt at 3:15 Sunday morning, when they picked up the wrong fare — three undercover Miami Beach cops — within walking distance of the police station.

”It was very brazen,” said Detective Juan Sanchez, a Miami Beach police spokesman. “They were offering everything from lap dances to sex.”

Now, the six face charges that range from violating the public dance hall ordinance (the women were technically ”dancing”) to possession of a controlled substance (Scott had six tablets of Viagra on him at the time of his arrest).

And, of course, multiple counts of prostitution.

The bus — a sleek, black conversion vehicle that has the cab of a tractor trailer — is no longer in service.

Cops have it locked up, seizing it as evidence.

The arrests were part of a city-wide crackdown on prostitution over the weekend that led to 78 arrests, including at least seven felonies, and helped recover a missing person.

The sweep also netted a large cache of evidence, including drugs, a firearm and money.

But the highest-profile bust was the bus, which pulled up to the undercover detectives in the 1100 block of Collins Avenue.

The cops’ interest was piqued when Harriss, Daniels and Thigpen hopped out and offered an all-you-can-drink ride for $40.

They quickly learned that Morteh was pimping out the women on board. It is not believed that any johns were on the bus when detectives were invited aboard.

The accused took their clothes off, performed lap dances, and for $125, beckoned their clients to the VIP room — a curtained-off area in the back of the bus — according to the report and a detective’s testimony in court.

Oral sex was an additional $100.

”You’ll get your money worth,” Redding said, according to the police report.

Then there was the money — more than $2,000 in the cash drawer alone.

”It was spread out all over the place,” a detective, whose name is being withheld, said in bond court. “It was on their G-strings. In 19 years, I’ve never seen this.”

This weekend’s sweep also led to authorities discovering at least one minor selling sex, said Judy Orihuela, a spokeswoman for the FBI.

The six arrested in the bus sting have since posted bond.

”We’re always looking at ways to make this city a better place to be in,” Sanchez said. “Our detectives were in the right place at the right time, and were able to realize what they had presented to them.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_dade/story/582458.html

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