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August 24, 2010

Sellersburg woman charged with running prostitution ring

Women reportedly switched out every few days

CLARK COUNTY — A 28-year-old Sellersburg woman was arrested Friday night, accused of running a prostitution ring in Clark County for more than two years.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department received information that alleged female pimp Yosmaris Y. Lopez, 28, was living in Cambridge Square Apartments in Clarksville, according to a police report. Police then learned she had moved to the 800 block of Utica Street in Sellersburg.

Detectives ran the license plate number of the vehicle being driven by the suspect, and it was registered to a name connected with prostitution cases in Chicago, Indianapolis and Steamwood, Ill.

An officer posed as a potential client and set up a meeting with one of the prostitutes at an apartment complex in Clarksville. Lopez arrived with 44-year-old Arelis Bellurosa in the passenger seat. The two women were taken into custody.

According to the police report, Bellurosa told police she is from the Dominican Republic but had lived the last seven years in Atlanta. She said she had been unable to find work recently, and a man told her to call a number and speak to “Pedro” about employment. The man she spoke to told her to take the Greyhound bus to Clarksville.

She said she did not know she would be working as a prostitute and was not happy when she found out what she would be doing, but she said she needed the money to send to her daughter in the Dominican Republic. She said she was never forced or threatened.

She said Lopez set up all the appointments and drove her to the locations. Lopez reportedly told detectives she has been setting up prostitution meetings for 21⁄2 years in the area. She said she switches out the prostitutes every three to seven days. She said “Pedro” tells her when to pick up the new women and pays her $300 a week for making the arrangements.

Lopez was booked into the Clark County Jail on a preliminary charge of class C felony promoting prostitution. She faces two to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Bellurosa was booked in on a preliminary charge of class A misdemeanor prostitution. She faces up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

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