Prostitution Ring Suspect Appears In Court
POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:08am
UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 9:27am
EL PASO- A woman accused of participating in a prostitution ring in El Paso made an appearance in an El Paso Federal Court Wednesday morning.
Holly Reemer pleaded not guilty to charges that she transported women with the purpose of prostitution, and also persuaded and enticed other women to participate in prostitution. Reemer was denied bond during the hearing.
Federal agents allege that Reemer and nine others starting in December of 2009 organized and profited from the prostitution ring.
Four other suspectes pleaded not guilty, but did not appear in person.
Prosecutors say there are 10 victims in the case. It is also alleged that some of the victims were used to strip at nightclubs in El Paso.
All 10 suspects were arrested in Baltimore on October 12, and were extradited to El Paso. Two suspects, both pregnant, Shelby Smith and Brandi Minnich remain in Baltimore.
If convicted, the suspects will have to pay the government one million dollars because that is the amount the government claims the group earned from the prostitution ring. The suspects would also have to forfeit two vehicles used to transport prostitutes.
Three more suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday. All suspects eccept Smith and Minnich have plead not guilty.