Miami Beach, Fla.
— A Miami Beach woman pleaded guilty Friday to charges that she conspired with at least six other men to recruit a group of 15 women to work as prostitutes in the United States.
The women worked at two Miami Beach nightclubs, and at least two of them paid the men to perform sex acts, according to federal prosecutors.
“The scheme was hatched in Miami Beach,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Fucigari.
The woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The other defendants received a sentence of 10 years each, prosecutors said.
She is expected to be eligible for parole in 2023.
Prosecutors say the scheme was a criminal enterprise that stretched from March 2012 through July 2014.
The victim, who asked that her last name not be published, told authorities that the women were recruited through an Internet dating site called “The Ladies Room” and through advertisements in Miami Herald and Miami New Times.
One woman allegedly made $10,000 to $20,000 per day for sex with the group, according the prosecutors.
Prosecutors said the group arranged to meet women in Miami and to pay them to go to clubs.
The men would provide the women with money and arrange for them to meet the women and engage in sexual acts.
The defendants also arranged for a woman to be flown to Miami from Arizona to be raped, and the women would then bring their victims to the nightclub, prosecutors alleged.