Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson and Camden County Sheriff Chuck Billingham reported two men have been charged for promoting prostitution following a takedown at a brothel in Camden thanks to tips from the community.
Concerned residents alerted law enforcement to a possible house of prostitution operating at 127 North 25th Street in the city’s Dudley section. Detectives conducted several weeks of surveillance at the residence and executed a search warrant around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Two suspects, Roberto Lemuz, 39, of Camden, and Esteban Alcemon, 39, of New York City, were taken into custody and charged with third-degree promoting prostitution. They were remanded to the Camden County Jail with bail set at $125,000 each. Both men are in the United States illegally and face deportation. Members of Homeland Security Investigations will be filing immigration detainers on both suspects.
Detectives also located two New York City women in their 40s who acknowledged being employed as prostitutes at the house. The women were not charged in this investigation. They were provided assistance and services from the Dreamcatcher Foundation, a nonprofit that helps victims of human trafficking and prostitution.
The search warrant was carried out by Camden County Prosecutor’s Office detectives from the Major Crimes Unit and Special Victims Unit as well as law enforcement officers from the Camden County Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office SERT Team was called in to make entry to the residence and did so without incident.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Thursday, June 18, 2015.