Woman charged in alleged prostitution scheme

Woman charged in alleged prostitution scheme
U.S. Marshals Service

POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 8:09pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 10:53am

A 44 year-old El Paso woman is accused of running a prostitution ring.

Maria Blake faces federal charges. Authorities say that from July of 2011 to January of 2013 she knowingly persuaded numerous individuals to engage in prostitution.

According to police affidavits filed in the case, Blake and her husband Ronald Blake drove prostitutes from hotel to hotel to have sex with customers.

She's charged with two counts of of coercion and enticement and faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.

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