Police Say Adult Clubs Promoted Prostitution, Arrests Made

Published: Apr. 16, 2004 at 9:29 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2009 at 1:48 PM EDT
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By Craig Hoffman

(LOUISVILLE, April 16th, 2004, 5:30 p.m.) -- A six-month investigation has landed nearly a dozen people in jail on prostitution charges. Undercover officers tell us they're keeping tabs on a string of adult night clubs, and they say this investigation is far from over. As WAVE 3's Craig Hoffman reports, police have raided offices connected to Louisville's Thorobred lounges.

Thousands will be in town this weekend, and Louisville's adult nightclubs will stay busy. But according to undercover officers, the city's half-dozen Thorbred lounges crossed the line.

One undercover officer says two women recently wanted to have sex with him for $220."I went in undercover, was propositioned by a couple dancers, money value in exchange for sex. We arrested the ladies and charged the bartender for promoting prostitution."

So far, nine people have been indicted on prostitution charges, and more arrests are expected.

A search warrant reveals detectives targeted a car lot near the Thorobred Lounge on Poplar Level Road. The warrant shows detectives discovered records that Thorbred management had knowledge of prostitution, and that it tried to hide large amounts of money taken in.

The arrests don't surprise Sandy Lawson, President of COMPASS, a group fighting to get rid of adult nightclubs near residential neighborhoods. "This verifies what we have known all along. I think most people know it, but many people don't want to deal with things like this, but it really brings the issue to the forefront of what the problems really are."

Undercover officers say some Thorbred Lounge customers were even solicited in limousines. Police say people could get in the limo for sex if they paid the asking price.

The owner of the Thorbred lounges has not returned our calls. But we do know he has not been charged in connection with this investigation.

Online Reporter: Craig Hoffman

Online Producer: Michael Dever