|Published:||Jul 13, 2012 10:33 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 14, 2012 12:52 AM EDT|
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Neighbors in a Bonita Springs neighborhood are stunned after finding out one of the homes on Forest Mere Drive was allegedly being used for prostitution.
"Kind of unfathomable really, you know, you are right next door, you think you know people," neighbor Donald Poff said.
On Thursday, the Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested 34 year-old Laura Gordon and 22-year-old Kayla Lowndes for Solicitation of Prostitution and Practicing without a License.
Investigators say the women posted ads on Backpage.com, offering everything from house cleaning, to two-girl massages, and much more, from "sweet single moms." The ads were listed as a "must-read for Hobbyists" which investigators say is a street term for men who have sex with online prostitutes.Upon further investigation it was found the ads were linked by a telephone number which was associated with a business operating out of 11619 Forest Mere Drive under the name of "The Concierge Couple."
An undercover detective set up an appointment through a man named "Tim," and deputies stood guard.
"I saw some Sheriff's deputies sitting there and I said, uh oh, something's up," Poff said.
Once at the home, investigators say the women discussed sex acts, and began a massage while topless. It was during that time, investigators say, they had probable cause to make the arrests. "I saw them playing games, parties, this, that, and the other, but I had no idea," Poff said. "I was shocked."
Definitely a first, neighbors say, and hopefully, a last. "It's terrible," neighbor Franklin Disney said. "I don't know if it's a sign of the times, or a sign of the people. It's definitely not welcome, not around here, not in this family neighborhood."
Detectives recovered a ledger listing names, dollar amounts and appointments. No word yet if there could be any more arrests.