Mob Sex Trafficking Ring Busted in Queens

12/01/2011 11:23 AM |

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In a massive ugh, the Post reports that 20 people—including purported members of the Bonanno and Gambino crime families—have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking women to work in Queens strip clubs.

The ring would provided women to owners and operators of jiggle joints in Queens and Long Island, and then charge the clubs “protection” money, authorities said.

“The named defendants are charged with participating in a scheme that recruited Russian and other Eastern European women and assisted them in fraudulently obtaining summer work and travel visas,” according to federal prosecutors.

“The defendants procured and sent these women false job offers for waitressing and other positions they would then include on their visa applications. However, once the women arrived in the U.S., they worked as exotic dancers at the strip clubs, in violation of visa rules prohibiting employment in the adult entertainment industry.”

The setup sounds distressingly similar to that “Metafilter maybe helped some women avoid being trafficked” story from a year and a half ago.

Horrible horrible horrible. And in no way related to Backpage.com, either. Huh.

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