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  • Illicit website under investigation for promoting illegal sex shut down

    April 6, 2018 5:04 PM

    SEDONA, Arizona – A website widely associated with prostitution and other sex crimes investigations in Baton Rouge and other areas was shuttered and the FBI said Friday, it had raided the Arizona home of the website's founder, Michael Lacey. Media outlets in Arizona first reported information late Friday afternoon.... more »
  • Baton Rouge motel ordinance fights human trafficking Play Video

    January 24, 2018 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The metro council passed an ordinance Wednesday night effectively requiring motels and hotels in the parish to be vigilant against human traffickers at their establishments. "We want to make them safe for our guests to our city as well as the people who live around the... more »
  • Authorities arrest 5 in undercover prostitution operations

    December 6, 2017 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrested five women in one day for prostitution during undercover operations. Undercover agents contacted women on various social media websites who were advertising sexual services based on money. At 2:08 p.m. on Nov. 5, an undercover agent... more »
  • Notorious strip club raided, numerous arrests made in probe over prostitution and drugs

    December 4, 2017 3:16 PM

    AMITE – A number of people were arrested during a raid at a notorious, rural gentleman's club over reports of prostitution and drug activity. WBRZ learned federal and state authorities along with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office were involved in the Friday raid at the Mansion on Highway 16... more »
  • Florida woman arrested after agreeing to sex for $25 and chicken McNuggets

    April 30, 2017 3:51 PM

    BRADENTON, Fla. - Florida authorities have charged a woman with prostitution after she agreed to perform a sex act on an undercover detective for $25 and chicken McNuggets. The Miami Herald reports 22-year-old Alex Direeno was being held Sunday without bond at the Manatee County Jail on charges of prostitution,... more »
  • Attorney for Oklahoma senator says he'll resign

    March 20, 2017 11:17 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - An attorney for a Republican state senator from Oklahoma City facing felony child prostitution charges says his client plans to resign his seat by Wednesday. Attorney Ed Blau said Monday he's been hired to represent Sen. Ralph Shortey, who is facing three felony counts after police say... more »
  • Three arrested for prostitution on Kimbro Drive

    December 29, 2016 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One woman was arrested for prostitution, along with two others, after police set up surveillance of a home on Kimbro Drive. Lian Ma was arrested on the charge of prostitution. Yu Bai and Yinliu Shi were also arrested, however their charges are not clear at the... more »
  • Man charged with forcing woman to prostitute for food

    September 29, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a man was booked on human trafficking charges Thursday after they say he forced a woman to prostitute for food. According to arrest records, the victim told Louisiana State Police that 56-year-old Ricky Hale forced her to perform sexual acts between June and August... more »
  • Congressman blasts rival as spreading prostitution claims

    September 14, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany is blaming one of his GOP rivals in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race for spreading allegations that Boustany was involved with prostitutes who were later killed. The congressman held a call with reporters Wednesday to blast Treasurer John Kennedy and his campaign staff.... more »
  • 2 found guilty in sex trafficking trial

    July 28, 2016 12:25 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Federal authorities say a man and woman have been found guilty of having a minor female from Texas engage in prostitution. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley Tyrone said in a news release 37-year-old Larry Smith and 33-year-old and Lacoya Washington, both of Shreveport, were found guilty Wednesday on one... more »
  • 13 arrested in Backpage.com prostitution sting

    July 8, 2016 2:15 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - 13 people were arrested on prostitution charges Thursday night as sheriff’s deputies carried out a B ackpage.com sting operation. APSO narcotics detectives, Gonzales Police and EBRSO deputies began the undercover operation by contacting several potential prostitutes and arranging meetings with them. Frequently, the services of... more »
  • Sheriff's lieutenant accused of soliciting for prostitution

    July 2, 2016 3:07 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Rapides Parish sheriff's lieutenant has been fired after he was charged with soliciting for prostitution. Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he fired Stacy Bender on Friday. Bender faces six counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of solicitation for prostitution, inciting prostitution, obstruction of justice and two... more »
  • Pimp, prostitutes picked up during BRPD sting operation

    May 27, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested six alleged prostitutes and a pimp during a Friday string operation focused in North Baton Rouge. 42-year-old Steven Stafford, of Holden, was booked on charges inciting prostitution and obscenity after he was taken into custody during the operation. Officers said Stafford was masturbating inside... more »
  • Texas man sentenced for taking girl to La for prostitution

    May 8, 2016 11:01 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Prosecutors say a 27-year-old Texas man faces nearly 15 years in prison for bringing a 14-year-old Dallas girl to northwest Louisiana for prostitution. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says federal District Judge Elizabeth Foote sentenced Larry Bluitt of Dallas last week to 14 years and 10 months in prison.... more »
  • Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

    February 10, 2016 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has voted to hold the classified advertising website Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking. The Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday backed a resolution setting up a... more »
  • Deputies accuse man of second attack against prostitute

    December 17, 2015 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies accused an East Baton Rouge Parish man this week of attacking at prostitute, arresting him about an hour after he bonded out of prison on similar charges. Sheriff's deputies booked 22-year-old Willie Hill on charges of armed robbery and second degree aggravated battery Wednesday. He... more »
  • 14 more strip clubs hit in statewide undercover sting

    November 24, 2015 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Agents with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) cited another 14 strip clubs as the agency’s statewide undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Trick or Treat” continues. The strip clubs were issued citations for prostitution, lewd acts and drug activity. Out of the cited clubs, one... more »
  • Woman accused of prostitution says she offered 'free fun'

    November 20, 2015 9:23 AM

    MOUNT JOY, Pa.- A central Pennsylvania woman accused of running a prostitution service out of her home says she charged only for massages, and that any sex that occurred with clients afterward was just "free fun." Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Sweigart faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 18 on charges she was operating... more »
  • Police say teacher has been charged in prostitution sting

    November 15, 2015 2:12 PM

    MEMPHIS - A Tennessee teacher is accused of operating an illegal strip club and promoting prostitution. WMC-TV reports Memphis police arrested 44-year-old Walter McCrimmon on Saturday night when they shut down a business he owns called Walt's Place. Police say undercover officers have been investigating the club since July. They... more »
  • Judge blocks halt of liquor, tobacco sales at 4 strip clubs

    October 29, 2015 1:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans judge has temporarily blocked a state agency's order revoking the liquor and tobacco licenses of four French Quarter strip clubs. Civil District Judge Regina Woods on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order allowing The Mansion on Bourbon, Centerfolds and Lipstixx to resume selling... more »
  • Investigation: Drugs, other issues at Bourbon Street strip clubs

    October 27, 2015 12:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's alcohol and tobacco control commissioner says he has suspended the liquor licenses at five French Quarter strip clubs because undercover agents saw prostitution, drug sales, and lewd or improper acts at each business. Three of the clubs are on New Orleans' iconic Bourbon Street; the other... more »
  • Officials: 4 men four 14-year-old girl into prostitution

    October 11, 2015 2:50 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Three men from New Jersey and another from South Carolina have been indicted on human trafficking charges involving a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly forced into prostitution. Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman says Michael McLeod, David Powell Jr. and Tyree Jeter, all of Jersey City,... more »
  • 10 arrested in prostitution sting

    October 9, 2015 11:24 AM

    B ATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested nine people for prostitution Thursday night as part of an undercover sex sting targeting the website B ackpage.com , a classified advertising website where people can solicit goods and services, including sexual favors. Investigators with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Baton... more »
  • New TV ad hits David Vitter on his prostitution scandal

    September 11, 2015 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Talk of David Vitter's prostitution scandal is being revived in the Louisiana governor's race. A political action committee launched a TV ad this week reminding voters the Republican U.S. senator, running for governor, was linked to a Washington prostitution ring in 2007. The 30-second ad says: "We can... more »
  • Male escort service bust

    August 25, 2015 9:03 PM

    NEW YORK- Federal agents arrested the accused mastermind of an online male escort service and six of his employees.All are charged with prostitution. Jeffrey Hurant is the CEO of Rentboy.com, which touts its services as companionship and not sexual in nature. But federal prosecutors contend the site was designed... more »
  • 2 Texas women killed in Baton Rouge had criminal history

    June 21, 2015 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two women found dead in quiet Baton Rouge neighborhood both had criminal histories. The 23-year-olds Brandy Gilbert and Corrine Rayford were shot to death and discovered in a car on Boone Drive near Kenileworth parkway. Both women are from the Dallas area. Gilbert had been previously... more »
  • Man gets 30 years in Texas, Louisiana prostitution cases

    April 22, 2015 1:29 PM

    HOUSTON - A Central Texas man convicted of forcing a schoolgirl into prostitution and advertising online has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Bobby Barrett of Killeen, who had the victim's high school identification badge when he was arrested, was sentenced Wednesday in Houston. The 31-year-old Barrett last July... more »
  • Zachary man pleads guilty in sex trafficking case

    April 8, 2015 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials say the leader of a sex trafficking ring in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his interstate prostitution enterprise. U.S. Attorney Walter Green says 33-year-old Jeremie J. Tate, of Zachary, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick to conspiracy to... more »
  • Woman found dead in prostitution hot spot was charged in the past

    January 25, 2015 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway to determine who killed and left a woman half naked in a field, but neighbors in the area say that area was a hot spot for crime. Authorities have identified the victim as Brooke Ashley Crawford, 30. Investigators say she sustained multiple... more »
  • Justice Dept. faulted for agents' off-duty conduct abroad

    January 22, 2015 10:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says the Justice Department lacks rules governing off-duty behavior of employees in foreign countries. The department's inspector general says there's no uniform guidance about what federal agents can and can't do while working overseas. The report emerged from the 2012 prostitution scandal in Columbia in... more »
  • Analyst Greg Anthony suspended after solicitation charge

    January 17, 2015 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - Greg Anthony has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest on solicitation charges. A spokeswoman says "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season." District of Columbia police say the CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player has been arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute.... more »
  • Police: Student led high school prostitution ring

    November 25, 2014 5:57 AM

    VENICE, FL - Authorities in Florida say a 17-year-old Sarasota High School student organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high schools. The teen was arrested Friday on felony charges of human trafficking of a person under 18. Venice police say at least one act of prostitution took place,... more »
  • WBR deputy snared in prostitution sting

    October 23, 2014 6:08 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed that one of their rookie deputies was arrested recently for soliciting a prostitute. Sheriff Mike Cazes said Florian Deutsch, 33, of Port Allen was arrested in an undercover operation by Baton Rouge police. BRPD said they began their... more »
  • 11 arrested in prostitution investigation

    October 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced 11 arrests Wednesday as part of a human trafficking and prostitution investigation. The multi-agency operation on Oct. 9 led to three people being booked into jail and eight others receiving summons to appear in court, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. ... more »
  • Woman accused of child sex trafficking

    August 26, 2014 1:51 PM

    MARRERO - The state Attorney General's office said Tuesday that a Marrero woman faces charges of trafficking children for sexual purposes in Louisiana. Authorities arrested Candice Caulfield, 38, for multiple human trafficking and prostitution charges. Investigators said she also went by the alias Candy Perrin. Attorney General Buddy... more »
  • Deputies: Woman sold sex for $18 and a hat

    July 24, 2013 8:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman requested $18 dollars and a Coors Light baseball cap as payment for oral sex, according to a report filed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Brooke Crawford was arrested Tuesday in a sting operation. Deputies said Crawford solicited an undercover deputy behind... more »

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