Police bust brothel-on-wheels in Miami

June 26, 2008 9:02:51 AM PDT
An alleged brothel-on-wheels that authorities said they busted over the weekend gives a whole new meaning to keeping the party moving.Miami Beach undercover detectives who paid a $40 entry fee and boarded a stretch limousine bus Sunday found women onboard offering oral sex and lap dances for money, authorities said.

Authorities arrested Christine Morteh, 29, of Miramar, and the driver, Clyde Scott, along with four other people Sunday. Miami-Dade jail spokeswoman Janell Hall said Morteh faces charges including offering to commit or engage in prostitution, conducting business without a license, directing another to a place of prostitution and deriving support from prostitution.

Hall said Morteh was released on $7,000 bail on Tuesday and does not yet have an attorney. A telephone listing for her couldn't be found.

Scott, 41, also faces charges including directing another to prostitution, possession of a controlled substance and deriving support from prostitution, Hall said. He was released Sunday on $11,500 bond. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

The bust was part of a nationwide undercover sweep called "Operation Cross Country" that was aimed at finding child prostitutes and headed by the FBI. Operations in 16 cities led to the recovery of 21 children, the FBI said.

FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said 78 people were arrested in Miami and two in Tampa during the sweep.

Orihuela said there were no child prostitutes in the limousine.

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