Gwinnett County woman arrested, accused of running brothel
Lorys Marisol Padilla
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
A Gwinnett County woman was arrested, accused of running a brothel.
"It's a crazy world out here I don't put anything past anyone," said Darrick Darratt, a neighbor.
Lorys Marisol Padilla, 48, was arrested on April 2 after investigators conducted a brothel sting at Tuscana Apartments on Jerry Way in Norcross.
While at the home, an undercover investigator was solicited for an act of prostitution by a female.
When he went inside, five women were found inside the apartment.
Padilla arrived at the apartment moments later.
"The problem is not just in the county, but it's spread all the way to the Atlanta Metro and the issue is spreading also into Gwinnett County," said Donald V. Sequeira, chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Gwinnett County.
During the course of the investigation, facts were discovered in which probable cause was established for the below listed crimes against Padilla.
Gwinnett County police detectives discovered the five women were victims of human trafficking.
The women were rescued and released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Padilla was arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail charged with five counts of human trafficking, five counts of pimping, keeping a place of prostitution, maintaining a disorderly house, unlawful advertisement of massage therapy and practicing massage therapy without a license.
Tuscana Apartments management released the following statement:
"The management of Tuscana Apartments does not tolerate criminal activity on our premises, and as part of our commitment to our law-abiding residents, we have initiated the eviction process for those alleged to have engaged in this criminal activity. The safety and security of our residents is our utmost concern, and we will continue to cooperate with the authorities as they investigate this matter."
The Gwinnett Human Relations Commission will present a series of forums to raise awareness of human trafficking and how the community can help.
Four forums will be held throughout the year, one in each commission district. The next meeting will be held Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Good Shepard Presbyterian Church on Killian Hill Road in Lilburn.
For more information about this event or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Human Trafficking Forums in the subject line.
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