How to avoid being a potential victim of sexual predators
Laredo, Texas — The escorts who lure horny clients to a hotel room at night are among the most coveted jobs in the entertainment industry.
But some are accused of taking advantage of those who are victims of sex trafficking.
A report released Tuesday by the Anti-Trafficking Task Force says that while the majority of escorts are employed in Texas, some have been working for years in other states, including California, New York, Washington, Nevada and Georgia.
According to the report, a few escorts have worked in the U.S. for years and continue to do so.
They include Ashley Green, a former escorts at an Orlando hotel, who is accused of running a prostitution ring, and Amber Lee, who worked as an escort in Los Angeles for 10 years.
The Task Force said Green, Lee and another escorts in Florida, California and Arizona had been accused of trafficking people, including children.
The task force said the sexual abuse of children is an ongoing problem in the industry, but that in some cases it is not considered child abuse.
It said in some states, escorts were hired to work in hotels without a license and to take clients into hotels without permission.
Amber Lee is accused by the FBI of running an illegal prostitution ring in Laredos Las Vegas.
She was arrested and charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old boy, threatening to kill a 14 year old boy, aggravated sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping with the intent to cause serious bodily injury and possession of child pornography.
The Task Force also released an undercover video of Green and Lee, where they said they were paid $1,500 to be prostitutes in exchange for sex acts.
The video was shown in court, but it is unclear if the defendants were charged with any crime.
In a separate investigation, agents working for the Laredon Police Department in Texas arrested three other women, including Green, and charged them with soliciting prostitution for money, according to a release from the agency.
The three women are currently in jail and will be extradited to the U of T to face the charges, according a statement from the LPD.
Green is currently in the Lattimore County Jail.
The other two women arrested in Lattimore were charged Tuesday with two counts each of solicitation of prostitution and aggravated sexual assault, according an arrest warrant affidavit.
Green is accused in the affidavit of being a co-owner of a prostitution business in Laremont and operating a business called the Green House, which was used to lure underage girls to hotels for sex.
In January, Green was arrested in Texas on charges she operated a prostitution operation, according the Laremia Police Department.
The case is still under investigation.
The Escorts Association of Laredona released a statement Wednesday saying Green is “a well-known sex worker who has been known to operate a business that has been involved in prostitution and other illegal activities in the past.”
The organization also said it was “deeply disappointed” by the allegations against Green and the other women.
“Our industry has never been more dedicated to protecting our customers and our employees,” the statement said.
We are confident that Laredonna is one of the safest cities in the United States.
There is no place for predators in our business and we want to assure our customers that the staff at our hotel will always protect their personal safety and the safety of their guests.
AmberLee, who was arrested earlier this year in the same state, told Fox Sports she was not aware of any other escorts working in Laresville.