New York – The Suffolk County Prosecutor's Office in New York State reported Thursday that a man was arrested and charged with operating a prostitution ring, which involved a score of women, from the basement of his parents' home.
Raymond Rodio, 47, pleaded not guilty this Thursday to the eight sex trafficking charges and six to promoting the prostitution of women who allegedly provided heroin, crack and other drugs, and after creating dependency used it to prostitute them , they report inform local media.
"It's a common tactic used by traffickers. They use their disease (addiction) to keep it under control, "said Suffolk prosecutor Timothy Sini.
Judge Fernando Camacho, of the Supreme Court of Suffolk County, on Long Island, imposed bail of one million dollars.
Rodio allegedly operated her prostitution network between December 2014 and February of this year with women, in their twenties, who met through social networks and who lived in Suffolk.
According to Sini, Rodio used the basement, which does not have a bathroom, as a dungeon where he kept the women for long periods of time, forcing him to use a bucket for his needs.
The presumed victims were forced to have sex with men in exchange for money in this basement, of which only he had the key, or were taken to motels in the area and in exchange provided drugs.
"He is a dangerous and depraved individual", who At times, he threatened to use violence to keep them involved in the business, the prosecutor said, according to local media.
Sini also noted that Rodo used the money that women earned or a significant part for his addiction to crack.
Rodio's parents live in the house, but apparently they were not aware of what was happening and have not been accused in this case. If convicted, Rodio faces 25 years in prison.