Woman Arrested in Connection with Alaskan Sex Trafficking Network
An Anchorage woman has been placed under arrest for her connection with an online commercial sex trafficking network perpetrated in multiple Alaska cities, Alaska State Troopers officials report.
Troopers report the network has been under investigation since the beginning of March 2014 when its special crimes investigation unit became aware of the apparent enterprise that showcased women in a commercial sex industry.
However, it wasn’t until July 9, when, at around 9:30 a.m., investigators secured two search warrants for two separate Anchorage locations. Investigators identified a person they found to be managing and supervising the lurid online business: Amber L. Batts, 39, of Anchorage.
The simultaneously-launched warrants led authorities to two residences, according to Troopers. Inside one apartment, Troopers believe they discovered a location where “patrons of the online business met with the women and where a large majority of the commercial sexual acts took place,” Troopers officials wrote in a report.
The second warrant was issued for Batts’ Anchorage residence. Inside Batts’ home, Troopers report evidence was seized which showed there was an “ongoing enterprise wherein money was exchanged for sexual acts.” Troopers believe Batts had procured patrons of the network for the women who worked for her and that Batts “had received a portion of the monetary proceeds that derived from the sexual acts,” according to the report.
Troopers report investigators learned the online business was responsible for marketing women in the commercial sex trafficking trade between Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Juneau, Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula.
Batts was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking in the second and third degree. She was transported to the Anchorage Jail, where she is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. The investigation continues.