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Law Enforcement Tight-Lipped About HotMovies Raid - UPDATED

Local media is reporting that the raid was connected to a prostitution ring investigation

Law Enforcement Tight-Lipped About HotMovies Raid - UPDATED

PHILADEPHIA—Law enforcement remains tight-lipped about the raid this morning at the Philadelphia offices of HotMovies.com, a leading adult industry VOD provider, but local media is reporting that it was conducted in connection to an investigation into a prostitution ring. That report has not been independently confirmed, however.

AVN called the Philadelphia bureau of the FBI, but the agent in charge, Special Agent J.J. Klaver, would not reveal the reason for the raid, but reiterated previous reports that no one was charged or arrested in connection with the raid. He also said that no news would be forthcoming from the FBI about the raid.

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“Any information about the raid will only come from the U.S. Attorney’s office, not our office,” said Klaver. “And it will probably not be today, or for quite a while.”

AVN called the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia, and spoke with Public Relations officer Patricia Hartman, who said even less than Klaver.

“Our office does not confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations,” she said.

Local CBS affiliate CBS Philly is reporting, however, that the raid was related to a prostitution ring investigation, but had no other information.

Hotmovies.com is the owner of escorts.com, the WHOIS for which lists an address on 7th Street in Philadelphia that is the same as for National A-1, HotMovies' parent company.

“Law enforcement officials executed search warrants at a location in Center City Wednesday morning in connection to a prostitution ring investigation,” read the website version of the CBS report. “A building at 7th and Chestnut Street was raided at about 8 a.m. and evidence was removed from the scene. Authorities are not disclosing any details about the raid, but say the investigation is ongoing.”

A short video accompanies the report on the CBS website. 

UPDATE

As of approximately 3:30 pm PDT, hotmovies.com was back online, as were the other sites operated by HotMovies that were taken offline as a result of today's raid by federal, state and local law enforcement.






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Posted 10/27/2010 by scottwilliamsonoc
I am an employee with National A-1. We were treated like criminals during this morning's raid. We were spread out on the floor with our hand on our head for over three hours. They FBI and police refused to say anything to us. They questioned us and we had to comply or go to jail for contempt. When someone tried to ask a question, the refused to answer. We were able to leave at about 12pm, but we had to leave all of our belongings, like cell phones and purses. We were searched one by one as we left to make sure we had nothing on us. I had respect for law enforcement, until today. We do not know what the reason for the raid was, but at least treat us like humans and not rancid meat. I was told by my manager to call later tonight to see if and when we can come back to work.
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