PAID for SEX! NY State Governor Spitzer Confession

An international prostitution ring that charged wealthy clients in Europe and the United States up to $5,500 an hour for the body of their choice may have lost its high-class veneer with the arrest of four organizers, prosecutors announced yesterday.

Charges were unsealed in Manhattan accusing the four of participating in a prostitution ring that called itself Emperors Club VIP from at least as far back as December 2004, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said.

On its Web site, the company displays photographs of the prostitutes’ bodies, with their faces hidden, along with hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest.

A three-diamond prostitute would cost $1,000 per hour, while a seven-diamond prostitute would charge $3,100 per hour, prosecutors said. The Icon Club allowed access to the most highly ranked prostitutes at $5,500 an hour, they said.

Authorities said the defendants arranged connections between wealthy men and more than 50 prostitutes in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy to violate federal prostitution laws. Two of those charged also were accused of conspiring to launder more than $1 million in illicit proceeds from the prostitution crimes. All four were arrested yesterday.

In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, FBI agent Kenneth Hosey said clients were told they could pay with a wire transfer to the Emperors Club because it would show up on records as QAT Consulting to make it appear to be a business transaction.

Much of the complaint traced how law enforcement authorities learned about the business through tape-recorded telephone calls and text messages.

In an affidavit submitted as part of a search warrant application, Hosey asked for permission to raid a Brooklyn location as part of a probe of the Emperors Club that began in October.

Hosey said the defendants had earned more than $1 million illegally through the business.

The agent said evidence included statements from a confidential source and an undercover officer, a review of more than 5,000 telephone calls and text messages and more than 6,000 e-mails along with bank records, travel and hotel records.

 Why would a Governor do thi, was he dumb?