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Case of upscale prostitution ring grips America

The alleged accomplice of a suburban mother suspected of running an upscale Manhattan brothel was reportedly ready to turn herself into police, in a case that has gripped America.

Jaynie Mae Baker might “surrender to the Manhattan district attorney’s office as early as Tuesday,” a source told the New York Daily News.

Baker was indicted last week along with Anna Gristina for allegedly helping to build a base of clients that included politicians, bankers, executives, top law enforcement officials and other powerful individuals.

The case has become a tabloid sensation with Gristina back in a Manhattan court last night so a judge can examine her finances to see whether she should continue to get a court-paid defence.

Accused of running a high-priced prostitution service for 15 years and boasting of having law-enforcement connections, the Scottish-born Gristina has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution. Prosecutors say the 44-year-old mother of four from Monroe, New York, was heard during their five-year investigation saying she’d made millions of dollars, and they believe she has hidden money away.

One of Gristina’s lawyers, Peter J Gleason, said his client was starting a legitimate dating service, denied the accusations and was particularly outraged by prosecutors’ allegations that she arranged some trysts involving underage girls.

If convicted, Baker faces up to seven years on felony charges of promoting prostitution.

Prosecutors say some of the clients included men who could afford to pay $2,500 an hour and “consisted of well-to-do and, in some cases, quite well-known individuals”.

Gristina was allegedly caught on wiretaps and surveillance videos as part of a five-year investigation by the District Attorney’s Public Corruption Unit.


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