Police Arrest Six In Connection With Prostitution Ring
Posted March 19, 2006 2:38 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police arrested six people Wednesday in connection with a house of prostitution, which was located next door to a church.
One day later, though, potential customers are still coming to the door.
"No area wants it, no area needs it," said the church's pastor, Joseph Rogers.
Church members of Greater Philadelphia Baptist Church, along with neighbors, alerted authorities about their concerns that something illegal was going on inside the house.
Police arrested two women on prostitution charges: Doris Hernandez Lopez, 26, of Charlotte; and Georgina Arvizu Pena, 30. Authorities also arrested three men on charges of soliciting prostitution: Reynaldo Lopez Perez, 45, Jorge Salas Ramos, 24, and Israel Ayala De Jesus, 34.
Raul Murillo-Urbina was arrested on charges of running the prostitution ring. He admitted to WRAL that he ran the brothel and said that now that he's been arrested, he will simply move the brothel somewhere else.
"I don't know that it goes away, but we have to continue enforcement activities so that we disrupt it, and the more we disrupt it, the better chance we have of controlling or eradicating it," said Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby.
Some people say the women in many cases are cornered into prostitution, especially those who come to the United States from other countries and can't find jobs that pay a living wage.
"This is not something we want to have people forced into. There's a lot of human misery that goes along with this," Willoughby said.
But for the church and the surrounding community, the arrests signal an end to their misery and a return to a peaceful, quiet community.
"We are thrilled that it's resolved and we don't have to deal with it. And I'm hoping that no one else will have to also," said Rogers.