Human Traffic Watch

Human trafficking victims freed in U.S. prostitution bust

In Forced marriage, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on November 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

Authorities on Tuesday broke up a $7 million three-state prostitution andmoney laundering ring, rescuing two human trafficking victims and arresting more than a dozen people, New York’s attorney general said.

The crackdown was the result of a 16-month investigation into Somad Enterprises Inc., an advertising agency with offices in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that placed classified ads for five escort services, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a joint news conference.

In a 180-count indictment, 19 people and one corporation were charged with enterprise corruption, money laundering, falsifying business records, narcotics sales and prostitution. In addition, three prostitution clients have been charged.

“This was almost like the ‘Mob Goes to Business School’ kind of a situation,” Schneiderman told reporters.

Source: Yahoo! News

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