HIALEAH, Florida. – An undercover investigation led to the arrest of a Miami man who investigators said ran several brothels, including one at a spa next to a children’s day care center. And, he faces over 100 charges ranging from solicitation to money laundering to maintaining brothels.
According to investigators from the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Jose Amilcar Leon was arrested Thursday in Hialeah on charges of money laundering, solicitation and multiple prostitution charges. Investigators also learned last week that a second brothel was missing from an apartment in Doral. Other apartments were also used for sexual solicitation, investigators said.
At the first location advertised as a spa, Leon posted ads for six female prostitutes on social media platforms. Customers would then be directed to the spa for financial and sexual transactions. This place was next to a daycare, according to an arrest warrant.
Surveillance and investigation revealed that Leon was the person responsible for the illegal business. On January 21, 2020, an undercover law enforcement officer negotiated a price for a specific sex act and was directed to the spa for the acts in return for money.
According to the report, a witness who was previously the defendants’ “lieutenant” provided investigators with testimony that the defendant ran multiple locations and that women were recruited on craigslist and in advertisements. The witness said Leon would interview the women and put them to shift work. The investigation uncovered several envelopes that eyewitnesses said bore “stage names” of women with Johns money inside that Leon would collect.
It was also learned that in September 2020, Leon was arrested for an incident of domestic violence and jail appeals revealed that he then solicited his daughter to continue running his brothels and illegal activities.
Investigators also discovered that on Wednesday, May 19, Leon contacted several witnesses and asked them to destroy the records of his illegal activities to prevent them from landing in the hands of law enforcement. They also believe Leon was trying to flee the country by trying to obtain $ 25,000 in cash and his passport “by covert means”. Investigators intercepted the fugitive’s attempt.
Leon is charged with multiple counts, including one that lists 75 counts of clients for the purposes of prostitution under Florida Law 796.07 (c).
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