Human Traffic Watch

Human trafficking victims freed in U.S. prostitution bust

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on December 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Authorities on Tuesday broke up a $7 million, three-state prostitution and money 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. Each faces up to 25 years in prison. In addition, three prostitution clients have been charged.

Somad operated a “one-stop shopping vehicle for prostitution rings,” Schneiderman told reporters, creating advertisements for escort services and placing them on cable access television, on websites like Craigslist and and in newspapers like the Village Voice.

Source: Chicago Tribune

  1. This is great news!! The captives are being set free!

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