Six brothels shut down in Tennessee and Kentucky

Six brothels shut down in Tennessee and Kentucky


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Court documents revealed new details Friday about six brothels busted in Tennessee and Kentucky.

6 News first told you about two of the brothels that had been shut down in Morristown on Sunday. One of those brothels was located in Halls at 3618 Cunningham Road.

People who live around that home said they noticed a lot of traffic, but just thought a large family lived there.

"I think it is ridiculous because I just moved here," said Michelle State, who lives three houses down from the alleged brothel. "It makes me think, 'what's going on in this area?'"

Kimberly Conroy, who also lives near the home, said they had no idea something illegal was going on inside the house.

"I have felt very safe the entire time I have lived here," said Conroy. "I felt like it was a pretty clean area to live in."

Nine people have been arrested for running the brothels.

They have been identified as Areli (true name unknown), Eusebio Flores Martinez, Rosa Garcia Menendez, Obdulio C. Morales, Rubio Trinidad Narciso, Elda Dorali Moreno Ramirez, Raymundo Sanchez-Torres, Freddy Lopez Torres, and Esthela Silfa Vasquez.

Those arrested are also accused of delivering prostitutes to customers.

Investigators said one of the customers lived in a mobile home on Bob Gray Road in West Knoxville.
"I am very shocked," said Sabrina Skwarczynski, who lives in that mobile home park. "This place has been quiet besides drugs going on. I have never heard of prostitution going on around here."

All of the prostitutes are illegal immigrants from Mexico.

According to court documents, "The defendants' prostitutes were generally expected to engage in sexual intercourse with 30 customers per day, in order to maximize the defendants' profits."

"I have only seen two people leave there a couple of times," said Skwarczynski. "I really haven't paid attention."

The brothels were aimed primarily towards the Hispanic community.

Business cards in Spanish were used to advertise their service. Code words for prostitution, such as haircuts and flowers, were used on the cards.

Court documents also outlined how the services worked.

"The customers paid the defendants $30 for fifteen minutes of sexual intercourse with a prostitute. In exchange for $30, the customer received a physical token such as a stone, ticket, or poker card which the customer gave to the prostitute when she rendered her services."

Along with brothels in Morristown and Knoxville, the defendants are also accused of running them in Goodlettsville, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky.

Investigators said all of the women involved in the brothels will be deported back to Mexico.

The people accused of running the prostitution services could face up to 20 years in prison.

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