NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two undocumented immigrants were arrested this week for operating a sex brothel and unlicensed bar in New Orleans, according to Louisiana State Police.
Detectives conducted an investigation into the illegal operation and arrested 39-year-old Roxana Flores-Rodriguez of El Salvador and 36-year-old Jose Jaimes-Meza of Mexico. Both were booked on multiple charges.
The investigation began in Aug. 2015 after detectives received information from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office related to narcotics distribution. LSP Detectives and Homeland Security Investigations Agents found that Rodriguez and Meza were operating a brothel and unlicensed bar at 2523 N. Claiborne Avenue.
Last August, a search of the residence yielded one Hispanic sex worker. Detectives also found evidence indicating the brothel had been operating since at least May 2015 and serviced the local Hispanic community. Detectives believe that at least 10 other sex workers were rotated in and out of the brothel. Illicit cash proceeds from the brothel were used to operate the residence/brothel.
On Sept. 3, 2016, arrest warrants for both suspects were signed. LSP, HSI and the US Marshall's Service executed the arrest warrants in Metairie on Sept. 6. Both suspects were charged with Promoting Prostitution, Pandering, Money Laundering and Operation of Places of Prostitution. They were booked into the Orleans Parish Jail.