Phoenix Woman Obviously Linked Falsely to “Desert Divas” Prostitution Ring Sues Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

By James King, Tuesday, Jan. 12 2010 @ 2:58PM

Victoria Aguayo was arrested, indicted, and nearly prosecuted for her “role” in the infamous “Desert Divas” prostitution ring, according to a lawsuit she’s filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Problem is: Aguayo was not a “desert diva,” and the evidence suggesting she was is laughable.

On one of the “Desert Divas'” many Web sites, the agency advertised an “escort” named “Tia.” The site described Tia as “thin, white, and blonde,” with a tattoo on her stomach that is clearly visible in the topless photo of the woman that Aguayo’s lawyer kindly sent New Times. Continue reading

AZ: Man pleads guilty to hiring hit man in prostitution case

20 comments by Michael Ferraresi – Feb. 9, 2010 03:58 PM
The Arizona Republic

The founder of a Web site known for its reviews of prostitutes pleaded guilty to two felonies in a case in which he was accused of hiring an undercover Phoenix police officer to assault a business rival, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

David Elms, 38, the California founder of The Erotic Review, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, a Class 3 felony.

The charge stemmed from the Phoenix police investigation into Desert Divas, a sex syndicate that purportedly provided expensive prostitutes to high-profile clients.

Elms also pleaded guilty to illegal control of an enterprise, a Class 3 felony, a charge the county attorney’s office said was related to Elms allowing The Erotic Review to be used in promoting the Valley-based Desert Divas prostitution ring, officials said.

Desert Divas prostitutes earned as much as $375 per visit, including $750 for two girls, in some cases. The organization earned an estimated $18 million over six years, police said.

Based on an informant’s tip, Phoenix detectives arrested Elms in February in northeast Phoenix after arranging a meeting where they said Elms contracted an undercover officer as a hit man to assault a woman in California.

Elms’ sentencing is scheduled for March 8.

See original on AZ Central

Polk County busts Craigslist prostitution ring

By JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA | The Tampa Tribune
and NATALIE SHEPHERD | News Channel 8
Published: September 14, 2009
Updated: 09/14/2009 10:21 pm

They came from Central and South Florida; authorities say they were trying to earn money in the world’s oldest profession.

One woman was dropped off by her 19-year-old daughter and her husband of 20 years. At least two were pregnant.

One prostitute came from a previous prostitution job, took a shower and was setting an appointment for her next job in Lake County, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

One “high-dollar” prostitute flew in from California and another from Wisconsin, investigators say. Continue reading

PA: Police: Ex-Nova Dean Customer of Prostitution Ring

By TAMARA VOSTOK
Updated 3:30 PM EDT, Fri, Jul 3, 2009

Police investigating a prostitution ring in Chester County relied on two customers for information, one of whom was Mark A. Sargent—dean of Villanova University School of Law, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Police raided the Kennett Township home on November 25, 2008 after a six-week surveillance of the house, the paper reported.

Between Noon and 1 p.m., Sargent was at the home and paid a woman, C M, 32, $170 for 35 minutes of pleasure, according to a police report. Sargent saw an ad on Craigslist, was curious and responded, the report noted. Continue reading

WY: 60-year-old Casper Prostitute Pleads Guilty

Jul 1, 2009 6:41 am US/Mountain

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ― A 60-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to working as a prostitute at a brothel in Casper, the final suspect in the Tokyo Massage prostitution case.

J W pleaded guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court to prostitution and promoting prostitution. Under a plea deal she faces a jail sentence of no more than two years.

W was the last of four people arrested after a January raid at the massage parlor. Three other women have been convicted of prostitution-related offenses, along with several johns.

In Tuesday’s hearing, W stated she had worked as a prostitute and helped the madam run the business.

W remains free on $20,000 bond pending sentencing.

Original at Wyoming AP News

Prostitution Ring Suspect Arrested

Posted: Jun 26, 2009 7:33 AM PDT
Updated: Jun 26, 2009 6:36 PM PDT

Albemarle County Police say they’ve busted a prostitution ring following a month long investigation.

Police are charging S. L. with a felony count of receiving money from prostitution earnings. L. is in custody at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.

Detectives have also charged E. R. of Washington, D.C. with a misdemeanor count of prostitution. She is free pending a court hearing in July. Continue reading

OC Mom Admits Running High End Prostitution Ring

KTLA News
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