Undercover cops have raided backstreet brothels in East Boston and Brighton, Ma., rounding up dozens of suspected pimps and hookers and probing whether illegal immigrants were forced to work as sex slaves, the Boston Herald reports. Detectives in Operation Dial-a-Date, active since the middle of last year, are seeking links to organized crime outfits that bring women into the country through drug routes and force them into the city's sex trade, said Detective Sgt. Kelley O'Connell of the Boston Area Human Trafficking Task Force. “We're a poor city, O'Connell said. “It's very easy to just blend in. That's a problem we see in different trafficking cases. It's a hidden business operation that goes unnoticed. It just blends in with everyday business.”
The number of backstreet bordellos is greater than cops expected to find. They found a thriving flesh trade where women were offered for anything-goes sex romps with undercover cops for $30. In separate brothels all run by Colombian men, police seized time clocks, spiral-bound notebooks, envelopes stuffed with cash, marbles or poker chips used as payment tokens, and plastic business cards that had been distributed as ads.