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  • 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 »
  • Trio arrested for sex sale

    July 11, 2014 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three women face prostitution charges after police say they tried to make a deal with an undercover officer at a luxury hotel. According to arrest records, the group were working out of a hotel on Corporate and using the often sexually filled listing website backpage.com to advertise... more »
  • Jindal signs bills to crack down on sex trafficking

    June 9, 2014 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed four bills into law on Monday that would help protect sex trafficking victims, and creates a new crime targeting people who purchase such services. HB 1025 permits the court to seize the personal property directly used in connection with sex trafficking and... more »
  • Man accused of prostitution with juvenile

    April 28, 2014 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies accused an Ethel man of prostitution with a juvenile in East Baton Rouge after investigators said they caught him in the act. Deputies arrested Verginald Smith, 41, Sunday on suspicion of prostitution and indecent behavior with a juvenile. According to arrest records, deputies... more »
  • Police arrest woman in prostitution sting

    April 28, 2014 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman as part of an internet prostitution sting in East Baton Rouge Parish. Deputies arrested Roxanne Merritt, 21, on April 24 for prostitution and drug charges. According to arrest records, an undercover detective contacted Merritt through a website known for prostitution,... more »
  • Prostitution and panhandling the focus of potential law Play Video

    April 25, 2014 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislators are targeting prostitutes and panhandlers with a bill that passed unanimously in the House. This week, Rep. Austin Badon from New Orleans introduced HB 1158. The bill would allow officers to arrest anyone found soliciting money or transportation from someone else. It was approved... more »
  • Carencro club's co-owner admits prostitution

    February 1, 2014 4:40 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - The co-owner of a closed strip club in Carencro has pleaded guilty to illegally making at least $500,000 from prostitution at Desperado's Cabaret. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 70-year-old Dipvak Vora, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Friday to a one-count bill of information. The charge was engaging... more »
  • Two arrested in child sex trafficking case

    January 15, 2014 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police accused two people of trafficking a child for sex online this week. Police arrested Taniya Smith, 21, and Dominick Sims, 28, on Monday and charged them with child sex trafficking. The arrests came after police received reports of men visiting a room... more »
  • Prostitution investigation leads to another arrest

    January 10, 2014 11:23 AM

    GONZALES - An ongoing investigation into prostitution has led to another arrest by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. 28-year-old Gregory Hardin was booked into Ascension Parish Jail and charged with criminal conspiracy in soliciting prostitutes, committing prostitution with persons under 18, and trafficking of children for sex purposes. ... more »
  • Deputies: 14-year-old sold as sex slave for money, drugs

    December 18, 2013 4:32 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Two women and a man have been arrested and a second man is at large connected to a child prostitution bust in Ascension Parish. Deputies said Wednesday, they arrested Lakeisha Marshall, 33, along with Wendell Walker, 46, and Trenace Tyler, 19 for being involved in selling a 14-year-old... more »
  • Nine arrested in prostitution sting

    December 13, 2013 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A prostitution sting led to the arrest of nine men in Baton Rouge. The operation was conducted at a local hotel. Police say those under arrest met there with an undercover officer and agreed to pay for sex. All nine were booked into the East... more »
  • Soldier goes on trial for prostitution ring

    December 3, 2013 6:56 AM

    FORT HOOD, Texas- Female soldiers at Fort Hood say they were recruited for a prostitution ring set up by a sergeant involved in the sexual assault and harassment program at the Central Texas post. The soldiers testified Monday at the court-martial for Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, a 17-year Army veteran... more »
  • Human trafficking suspected after massage busts Play Video

    November 25, 2013 5:25 PM

    PORT ALLEN - State and local authorities arrested six women Monday after raids on two West Baton Rouge massage parlors, and said they discovered evidence of human trafficking in the process. Investigators arrested the Angel Weeks, Kyung Hee Kim, Han Ae Ja, Eun Hwa Lee, and In Ja Kang... more »
  • LSP raids massage parlors

    November 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    PORT ALLEN - State Police raided two Port Allen massage parlors Monday after a two-month investigation into prostitution at the businesses. Detectives said Youngs Therapy and Rainbow Therapeutic both advertised on "backpage.com," which investigators say has been known to carry ads for prosititution. Authorities said undercover agents went into... more »
  • Children in Baton Rouge among 105 rescued in FBI raid Play Video

    July 29, 2013 3:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Louisiana children were among more than a hundred forced into prostitution and recovered by the FBI in a series of raids in 76 American cities. The FBI said it rescued 105 children and arrested 150 people described as pimps, prostitutes and johns in "Operation Cross Country."... 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 »
  • Grandfather shocked about details of prostitution inside family home Play Video

    July 10, 2013 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The father of a woman arrested and charged with running a prostitution ring from her home, says he's disappointed and will let the law run its course. "A dad doesn't want to hear this about his kids," said Arthur Fort. "I'm thinking as any family would.... more »
  • Parents busted for running prostitution ring from family home Play Video

    July 10, 2013 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A set of parents were arrested and charged with running a prostitution ring from their home on Colonel Allen Court Wednesday. Police said Charles and Kaelice Smith were busted when an undercover detective found an ad on the website backpage.com, soliciting sex. Investigators said the wife was... more »
  • 4 women arrested for prostitution after BRPD sting

    June 9, 2013 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge police arrested four women in a prostitution sting Friday after setting up meetings through Internet sites, according to BRPD Cpl. L'Jean McKneely. Police officers posed as clients to set up hotel meetings and then made arrests after the women solicited them for sex... more »
  • 16 arrested in Houma prostitution sting

    March 11, 2013 11:35 AM

    HOUMA- Police say 16 men were arrested at a Houma hotel over the weekend after police allegedly linked them to contacting a prostitute through a website. Police arrested nine men on March 8 and seven men March 9 after each man gave a woman money for sexual favors. Police say... more »
  • Police: 7 prostitutes, one pimp arrested in sting Play Video

    March 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police picked up more than a half-dozen suspected prostitutes in Baton Rouge this morning, but people who live near their stomping grounds believe they'll be back. Baton Rouge Police arrested the following early Tuesday morning charged with prostitution: Gloria Simmons, 45, Iroquois St.,... more »
  • Video: Maine Zumba teacher got cash for sex

    February 28, 2013 10:21 AM

    ALFRED, Maine - A jury hearing the case of a Maine businessman accused of helping a Zumba instructor engage in prostitution has watched a video showing money changing hands after a sexual encounter. Mark Strong Sr. faces 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution. Prosecutors say he made screen-grab snapshots... more »
  • Maine Zumba trial on hold pending appeal decision

    January 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    ALFRED, Maine - Maine's highest court has agreed to an expedited hearing focusing on 46 counts that were dropped against a key figure in a prostitution scandal centered at a Zumba dance studio in the seaside town of Kennebunk. A judge on Tuesday delayed the trial of Mark Strong Sr.... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to selling teen sex online

    January 28, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 31-year-old man has been convicted of selling sex with an underage girl online. Erick Banks pled guilty Monday. Prosecutors said Banks enticed a 15-year-old to engage in acts of prostitution. Banks used ads on the website backpage.com to get clients for the teen. She... more »
  • Jury selection starts in Zumba prostitution case

    January 22, 2013 4:11 PM

    ALFRED, Maine - The process of finding a jury for the trial of the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with using her Maine studio as a prostitution front has broken for the day. About a third of 140 potential jurors called for the trial of Mark Strong Sr.... more »

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