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The rum and Cokes.
The Playboy channels. Transportation to and from the airport. Three square meals a day. And the sex.
Lots of it. From multiple women — up to two different girls a day. For more than four years, a North Fort Myers couple ran an international sex tourism company out of their Southwest Florida home, arranging for customers to travel to the Dominican Republic to meet with women there, New York prosecutors said.
This week, Jennifer and Alfred Cotten each pleaded not guilty in a Dominican republic prostitution resort York City court to a charge of promoting prostitution. The Human Trafficking Response Unit in Manhattan, one of the largest nationwide, is handling the case and brought charges under a New York law that says anyone selling sex on a website that functions in that state can be prosecuted.
Jennifer Cotten, 48, was behind Alfred and did not respond to questions. The two were arrested Aug. They were released without bond from the Hillsborough County Jail on Wednesday. Their next New York court date is Nov. Records show the couple ran the business from North Fort Myers by phone andthrough their website TropicalAdultVacations.
A local associate in the Dominican Republic ran day-to-day operations of the resort, a news release from the New York County District Attorney shows. Although the website since has been taken down, and the voice mail rings through to a message recorded before Aug. Companions were permitted to eat off the menu alongside you, not from a separate list of options. An associate would pick up each customer from the airport and bring them to their private room at the resort, where they were allowed to pick their companion.
For additional fees, customers could take Dominican republic prostitution resort in travel excursions and other sightseeing in the Dominican Republic. The resort also included jetskis, a pool table and ping-pong. Scantily clad women posed in photos next to each as proof.
Documents show the Cottens ran their hotel out of Boca Chica, a small town near the capital that has been hard-hit by sex trafficking since the earthquake in Haiti. The city earned a reputation as a place where men and tourists easily could find and pay for underage girls to perform sex acts. Dominican republic prostitution resort of this happened within sight of residents and fellow tourists. Social workers told reporters the practice was out of control and difficult to crack down on. The TropicalAdultVacations.
Adult prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, but a third party benefiting from sexual proceeds is a crime. He said they sometimes learn of cases in the international press. Briefed about the details of the case, he said the conduct Cotten is accused of is a crime under Dominican law. He said he was unaware of the case. The Dominican Republic is a source of and destination for sex trafficking, according to the Trafficking in Persons Report published by the U. Department of State.
Some nongovernmental organizations have reported sex trafficking of to year-old girls occurring in the street, parks and beaches, the State Department noted. That is exactly why, in New York, it is illegal to sell prostitution-related travel services to any jurisdiction, at home or abroad: those who pay for sex facilitate a black market that Dominican republic prostitution resort off the vulnerable, particularly women and children.
Kristine Gill is a features reporter for the Daily News who has also covered crime, education and the city of Naples. Each morning, she puts together a short list of stories the newsroom is working on for her video spot, The Daily Scoop. She's always looking for interesting people to write about. Posted: Sept. About Kristine Gill Kristine Gill is a features reporter for the Daily News who has also covered crime, education and the city of Naples. More News. Now Trending.Dominican republic prostitution resort
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