8:03 AM PDT, June 24, 2009
SANTA ANA — A mother of two pleaded guilty to charges of operating a multi-million dollar online prostitution ring that advertised L.A. area porn stars, models, and actresses.
31 year old M. B. pleaded guilty to money laundering and transporting a person from Orange County to New York City for purposes of prostitution, changing her previous not-guilty plea which was entered on May 11th in front of a federal court in Santa Ana.
B. is accused of running her online company, “Global Travel Network Inc.” as a front for prostitution, according to court records. Continue reading
By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press Writer
June 1, 2009
NEW YORK – A lawyer for a former escort service booker says his client revealed that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer met regularly with prostitutes over an 18-month period before he resigned.
The lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, spoke outside court after his client, Temeka Lewis, was sentenced on Monday to one year’s probation.
She worked for the Emperors Club V.I.P. escort service when she set up the February 2008 meeting between the prostitute and “Client-9.” Spitzer was referred to as Client-9 in court papers. Continue reading
By BRIAN ROGERS HOUSTON CHRONICLE
March 19, 2009, 8:12PM
A Houston couple arrested this month for allegedly running a high-end call girl service face prostitution charges. But it’s the money police say they made — not the illicit sex — that could send them to prison for a long time.
Frustrated by judges and juries reluctant to throw the book at people accused of what some call a victimless crime, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is taking a different tack in a few high-dollar cases by bringing money laundering charges that carry stiffer penalties. If prosecutors can prove that pimps made more than $200,000 off their enterprise through money laundering, prosecutors could win sentences of up to life in prison for the first-degree felony. The government also can seize assets.
“If you go after management, it has a more profound impact,” said Assistant District Attorney Craig Still. “Especially, if appropriate, you seize stuff that has been bought with illegal proceeds of crime. Once you start taking stuff and shutting down properties, it has more of an impact than popping the girls who are doing the sex acts.” Continue reading