Feds: Brothel Probe Involves Elected Officials Buying Sex

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BOSTON (State House News Service) - In its announcement that three people had been arrested for running sophisticated brothels in greater Boston and eastern Virginia, the U.S. attorney's office also announced that it identified and is investigating "politicians" for allegedly buying sex at those locations.

Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Joshua Levy did not say whether the sex buyers under investigation were from Massachusetts, Virginia or elsewhere, and said people from an array of professions are under "active and ongoing" investigation as part of the case.

"Over the course of the investigation, a wide array of buyers were identified, including, but not limited to, politicians, high tech and pharmaceutical executives, doctors, military officers, government contractors that possess security clearances, professors, lawyers, scientists and accountants," the office said in a press release. "The investigation into the involvement of sex buyers is active and ongoing."

Levy's office announced the arrests of three people Wednesday for having allegedly operated an interstate prostitution network since at least July 2020 with multiple brothels in Cambridge and Watertown, as well as in Fairfax and Tysons, Virginia. His office held a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston's seaport to discuss the arrests.

The defendants allegedly rented high-end apartment complexes to use as brothels, sometimes paying monthly rent as high as $3,664, as part of a conspiracy to coerce and entice to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said sex buyers "were allegedly required to provide employer information and references before booking appointments."

Written By Colin A. Young/SHNS

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