CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) — Federal authorities say an illegal immigrant ran a prostitution ring from his Charlotte home.
Department of Homeland Security officials arrested Mexico native Filemon Guzman-Martinez last week for his role in overseeing a prostitution ring from his home, according to the criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. This came after investigators received information in July concerning suspects in the Charlotte area that were linked to a prostitution investigation in New York.
In the complaint, Homeland Security Investigation Special Agent Nathan Peachy outlined how investigators approached Guzman-Martinez’s rented home last Thursday after spending months compiling phone records for the suspected prostitutes. Peachy said in the complaint that there’s enough probable cause to find that this alleged prostitution ring had been in motion since May of this year. Once Peachy and DHS officials began investigating the 39-year-old’s home, it was apparent that the home in the quiet Southwest Charlotte neighborhood was home to a prostitution ring.
“There were numerous copies of a business card through out the residence,” Peachy wrote. “This business card had pictures of Hispanic women posed and dressed in a sexually suggestive manner. The business cards had the question ‘What do you have to lose?’ printed in the Spanish language.” The complaint also detailed how the man had four cell phones in his bedroom.
In addition, a room being occupied by a woman who had been previously arrested for prostitution in Illinois was littered with a bulk package of condoms as well as two notebooks with names and phone numbers from New York, the Carolinas, and Georgia, according to the complaint. The notebooks also listed interstate highways and included several receipts from different states.
The woman had very little clothing, almost all of it consisting of lingerie. The woman in question, who told investigators that she had been in New York before coming to Charlotte, was dropped off by Guzman-Martinez to 10 customers during her time with him, Guzman-Martinez stated in the complaint.
Later, investigators discovered that Guzman-Martinez, a Mexico native, was in the country illegally, for which he was arrested.
Though the number of women who worked for Guzman-Martinez is unclear, one neighbor told WBTV that it was regular to see a lot of women and cars come and go from the house.
“Filemon Guzman-Martinez gets $10 for every prostitution customer serviced and the prostitute gets $15,” Peachy wrote.
The owner of the home faces no charges in connection to Guzman-Martinez’s arrest, according to WBTV.
The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina told CBS Charlotte that his arraignment and detention hearing is set for Thursday at 9:30 a.m.