Federal investigators shut down two escort sites Wednesday as part of a larger sex trafficking shakedown.
Two people were indicted for their alleged involvement with the sites: Eric Omuro, 53, of Mountain View and 40-year-old Annmarie Lanoce, of Rocklin. The duo is accused of being the proprietors of myredbook.com and sfredbook.com, and laundering money made from prostitution.
Outside the Mountain View home connected to Eric Omuro, the FBI and IRS agents stormed the property.
“We go through looking for anything that can tie down where the money is going and what it was spent on,” said Arlette Lee , an IRS Criminal Investigator.
FOX40 spoke with an escort who said he tried logging onto the site that morning.
“I went on the website at 10 a.m. this morning, reposted and the website was gone,” said Marco, who admits to being on the site for two years.
The Sacramento man says he offered services on the site; it was his way of making a living.
“People used it to pay bills and have a place to stay, some people are homeless,” said Marco.
The windfall from the website can’t be ignored more than $5.4 million according to the FBI, profits made from some members of the site paying fees.
Marco says taking it offline won’t solve the greater problem.
“Fifty girls are going to be on Watt Avenue now, pimps are going to be out there trying to promote hoes,” said Marco.
This comes less than a week after the FBI arrested hundreds of pimps and rescued 168 children in a nationwide sex trafficking sting. Local victim’s advocates think there’s a connection.
“This site had been used for quite some time for prostituting adult and youth victims,” said Margaux Helm, with WEAVE, Inc.
There’s fear now that even though the site is gone, another avenue will be created to promote sex for sale. What did come out of the shakedown; for Marco, it’s a wake-up call.
“I’m going to get my life together and get me a job,” he said. “MyRedbook isn’t that serious.”
The site is also where former Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming met his girlfriend, whom he is now accused of murdering.