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Authorities: Prostitution Ring Operated In At Least 7 States

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Authorities say they've arrested the leaders of a prostitution ring that shuttled women among at least seven states.

Federal law enforcement authorities announced the arrests of four people who they said made millions of dollars from their illegal and exploitive activities.

A Homeland Security official, Angel Melendez, says the defendants used women as a commodity for years.

Authorities say the women, primarily Chinese nationals, were moved between 2013 and 2017 around New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado and Missouri.

They said customers were recruited through advertisements for escort services on classified websites such as Backpage.com.

If convicted, the defendants could each face a decade in prison.

(C) 2018 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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