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Woman arrested for sex trafficking in Alaska

By Charlo Greene Photojournalist: Jacob Curtis - 7:16 PM July 10, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

A woman accused of managing more than 30 sex workers and nearly 800 clients has been arrested.

Amber Batts is facing seven felony sex trafficking charges following an Alaska State Troopers investigation into a website they say she ran to promote her prostitution ring.

In court Thursday afternoon, Batts told a judge that she was self-employed and made between $3,000 and $5,000 a month, but that her assests had been seized.

Court documents show Batts admitted to sending women to the Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, Juneau and to a small apartment in Anchorage.

Neighbors living in the same building as the alleged brothel said they had no idea why so many people were frequenting that particular unit.

“People were calling her a pimp and stuff and you’d never get that from her,” said neighbor Samuel Johns. “She was really normal, you know, a really nice person. Yeah, I’m very shocked.”

Batts, who was joined in court by her family, claims she only has $2,000 to her name. So, taxpayers will be footing the bill for her legal defense — via court-appointed attorney — for crimes prosecutors say brought her tens of thousands of dollars.

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