Seven people have been indicted on charges of running a Queens based prostitution ring that used Craigslist to find clients, law enforcement officials said. Five of the seven suspects have been charged with corruption, conspiracy and money laundering.
They're scheduled to appear in state Supreme Court today in Queens, where authorities say the Ozone Park operation was based, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Craigslist has recently dropped its "erotic services" section and last year it said it was cracking down on solicitation. Last night, Craigslist chief executive Jim Buckmaster sued South Carolina's attorney general, saying the prosecutor's threat to file prostitution charges against the San Francisco company violates its executives' constitutional rights.
Read the Indictment Authorities are searching for two other people. Potentials clients would call the listed, and bookers would ask callers their location and what they were looking for, before setting up appointments with a prostitute. For example GFE means girl friend experience or skiing and rock climbing means drugs and partying," Cuomo explained.
Between July of and December ofcredit card transactions were processed through a Chase bank merchant which created a paper trail creating the appearance that Room Service Entertainment provided legitimate entertainment services to its customers. The defendants each face a maximum 25 years in prison if convicted.
Craigslist has said it will replace its "erotic services'' with a new adult category that Web site employees will review. In a pair of shocking incidents over the last two months, two New Yorkers who posted in the section met a gruesome demise. Radio newsman George Weber was stabbed more than 50 times in his Brooklyn home after posting an ad for rough sex.
Upper West Sider Julissa Brisman fell victim to the notorious " Craigslist Killer " -- a year-old Boston medical student named Philip Markoff -- after she answered a Craigslist ad for massage, police said. New York officials contend the Website is not doing enough to crush illegal activity.
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