Skip to comments.7 Arrested In NYC Craigslist Prostitution Ring
Posted on 05/20/2009 5:32:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
A New York City prostitution ring run primarily on Craigslist has been busted, and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ripped into the site Wednesday, saying it will continue to be a haven for illegal activity until it takes more action to prevent crime.
Seven people were arrested and charged in a 47-count indictment for taking part in the service operated out of Queens.
"Until Craigslist gets serious about putting real protections in place, it will continue to be an environment where criminal operations thrive with impunity," Cuomo said.
Scott Sal Rosenberg, 45, and Josef Davenport, 31, are accused of co-owning and operating Room Service Entertainment (RSE), headquartered in Ozone Park and advertised exclusively in the Erotic Services section of Craigslist. According to Cuomo, RSE bookers would post ads on the site that contain pornographic images and a phone number to arrange a date with a prostitute, and continuously post new listings to keep their ads prominently featured.
When potentials clients would call the number listed, bookers at the Ozone Park office would answer the numerous phone lines and ask callers his location and what he was looking for, before setting up appointments with various prostitutes. According to Cuomo, "the bookers were instructed not to explicitly discuss sex during the telephone conversations with the Johns and instead use designated terms to describe the services. For example GFE means girl friend experience or skiing and rock climbing means drugs and partying."
If the John wanted to go through with the service, the booker would then send out a driver to escort the prostitute to an arranged location.
The operation ran from June 2007 through December 2008, servicing the New York City region, though it initially began with ads in the Village Voice and other New York City periodicals.
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Cuomo is a little late with getting the publicity for going after Craigslist. Crook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been turning the screws with his lawsuit.
Meanwhile the head of Craigslist and the AG of SC are in a peeing contest..
Craigslist CEO sues over SC’s prosecution threat
Craigslist’s chief executive is suing South Carolina’s attorney general, claiming the prosecutor’s threat to file prostitution charges against the San Francisco company is unreasonable.
"Buddy, y'all haff no idea, haw haw haw!!!"
Has Spitzer been told about this?
Well, if making sure I’ve wiped my cookies and cache files (uh, no reason) is archaeology, then...
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