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Sex tourism couple sentenced to probation

A husband and wife who ran a sex tourism travel agency in Florida were sentenced to five years’ probation on Monday, 16 May 2016 for setting up clients with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, where prostitution is legal.

Jennifer Cotten, 49, and Alfred Cotten, 50, of Fort Myers, Florida, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution for running the lucrative sex tourism company Tropical Adult Vacation.

The clients paid a deposit for the trip and the Cottens would keep a percentage. However, Alfred insisted that clients pay the prostitutes directly when they arrived at the resort in Boca Chica.

New York has a unique law that bans the promotion of prostitution even in a jurisdiction where the “profession” is legal.

According to Alfred, as the business was legal in the DR and legal in Florida where he lived he could not see he was breaking the law but the Manhattan DA’s Office saw the couple’s advertisement on backpage.com and set up a sting operation.

An undercover agent contacted the couple to arrange a bachelor party that included adult entertainment, which gave them jurisdiction.

The couple was arrested when they stepped off a cruise in Florida and were extradited to New York.

Source: DR1, Nypost.com

May 18, 2016

Category: DR News |

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