Human Traffic Watch

“Remarkable” Prostitution Ring Had Its Own Ad Firm To Maximize SEO

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

This morning NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrest of 17 people involved in a money laundering prostitution ring that allegedly grossed $7 million in two and a half years, and utilized an advertising firm to place ads on cable access TV, Craigslist, Backpage.com, and the Village Voice. “It was quite a remarkable enterprise…like the mob goes to business school,” Schniederman said. According to the AG, the firm, Somad Enterprises, would offer “sophisticated” services to their partners in prostitution, such as SEO optimization and airbrushing. “They went as far as to tell their clients, ‘Don’t advertise during the Super Bowl, because your johns won’t be looking at the ads.’ ”

Commissioner Kelly described the johns as coming from “all walks of life,” and one included a former dean atScarsdale High School in White Plains. When asked if the investigation included the media outlets that were running the ads bought by Somad, Schneiderman replied, “We urged some publications to remove the ads, but it’s sort of a running battle…They have a 1st Amendment right to publish them, and in the internet era they just spring up somewhere else.”

Source: Gothamist

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