Santo Domingo, Jun 3, 2009 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Dominican authorities announced Wednesday that they dismantled a band headed by a U.S. citizen that sold sexual tourism services on the Internet to the detriment of this country's hotels.
The band, which operated in the eastern tourist town of Bavaro, offered lodging in hotels and "high quality companionship," without the consent of the hotel authorities, "causing damage to their image and reputation, as well as negative comments from potential customers" of those hotels, the police said in a communique.
Police said that U.S. citizen Marcos Antonio Uribe headed the band and operated a leisure and prostitution center in Bavaro.
Along with Uribe, police arrested Dominicans Gilberto Montero Montero and Emmanuel Santana Rodriguez, as well as four women who provided the "companionship" services to foreigners who were contacted via the Internet.
Police said they seized from the arrested people two pistols, an all-terrain vehicle, mobile telephones and cash. EFE mf/bp