Sex trafficking ring allegedly run by father-son duo busted
A father and son accused of pimping vulnerable women they branded with tattoos - in once case with a bar code - were the heads of major sex trafficking ring, according to the Manhattan District Attorney, which announced Monday it had indicted the pair for sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and money laundering earlier this month. Six livery cab drivers accused of promoting prostituntion in the lucrative "brothel on wheels" in which women exchanged money for sex in the back of their cars, hotels and apartments for $200 to $500, pled not guilty in Manhattan Monday.
Vincent George Sr., 55, of Queens, and Vincent George Jr., 33, of Allentown, were arrested in early April while transporting a young woman to Pennsylvania from upstate New York, and have been held since then without bail, according to the Manhattan DA. The pair allegedly recruited women from Allentown and Queens to work in Manhattan, forcing them to solicit customers in fancy hotels and strip clubs by distributing business cards that described themselves as "professional masseuse," while the livery cab drivers helped recruit customers, said the DA. The Georges allegedly converted the cash they took from the exploited women into money orders and then "washed" it through an entity they controlled called "Grip Entertainment."
Multiple agencies, including the NYPD, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Homeland Security Investigations cooperated in the investigation.