Posted Jul 20, 2011 07:19 pm CDT
An alleged New York prostitution ring catering to Wall Street clients with money to burn hired a law firm to draft employment contracts for its prostitutes.
Police say the documents referred to the prostitutes as models, and contend they fraudulently agreed in the contracts to refrain from sex with customers, Reuters reported. The law firm is not identified, nor is it apparently accused of any wrongdoing.
The escort service also included a disclaimer on its website, reports the City Room blog of the New York Times.
It states: “In no way, shape or form does High Class NY consent to or have knowledge of any illegal activity. The exchange of money is only for time and discreet companionship. Anything other than this is by personal choice between adults of legal age and is not allowed by anyone through High Class NY.”
Despite these legal provisions, a total of 17 individuals and five companies have been indicted on prostitution- and drug-related charges in the Brooklyn state-court case, including High Class NY owners, managers and investors.
No customers have been charged at this time, says Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, indicating that some later might be, reports the New York Post.
Asked what one client, who is claimed to have paid the escort service $170,000 got in return, the DA said he didn’t know, quipping “I’m a married man. I don’t want to think about it.”
If charged and convicted, customers of the service could be fined as much as $250, notes another Reuters article.
Last updated at 5:04 p.m. to include another Reuters article.