- The Washington Times - Monday, February 14, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are cracking down on a new generation of Manhattan madams who purportedly became wealthy by running Internet prostitution rings for big spenders. One of them wonders what all the fuss is about.

“It’s the oldest game in town,” Julie Moya said before surrendering to a vice squad late last month. “We don’t hurt anyone. We just offer pleasure.”

Also last month, Jason Itzler, 27, a New Jersey law school graduate, was arrested at a swank Manhattan hotel and charged with making a fortune by selling sex. In December, Jennifer Paulino, 44, was accused of raking in millions of dollars through pricey prostitutes.

Prostitution “has become the crime du jour,” said Miss Moya’s attorney, Dan Ollen.

“There’s a tremendous amount of money involved,” said Inspector James P. O’Neill, head of the New York Police Department’s vice enforcement division.

In each of the three recent cases, the defendants used provocative Web sites to advertise their escorts and arranged dates by phone, authorities said.

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