Authorities Bust Queens Craigslist Prostitution Ring

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NEW YORK ( WPIX) -- New York State authorities say they have busted a 24-hour prostitution ring that advertised exclusively on Craigslist.

The operation was based in Ozone Park, Queens and serviced customers in the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester from June 2007 through December 2008, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo office says.

Seven people were named in a 47-count indictment handed down Wednesday. Five of the seven have been arrested on charges of enterprise corruption, conspiracy and money laundering. Authorities are still searching for the remaining two.

Police say the leaders of the ring were Scott Rosenberg, 45, of Massapeaqua, L.I., and Josef Davenport, 31, of Brooklyn. The other five were women who worked as bookers. All seven could face up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.

State Attorney General said the ring posted advertisements in the "erotic services" section of Craigslist's featuring sexually explicit photographs and a phone number to arrange "dates."

Officials at Craigslist recently announced that it is ending its erotic services section and replacing it with a closely monitored adult section.

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