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A California woman is challenging a police search of her home in connection with an investigation into an illegal prostitution ring in the D.C. area. According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, earlier this month police seized bank statements, employee agreements, phone records, and documents from the Vallejo, Calif., residence of Deborah Palfrey. Police also froze $290,000 in cash and $136,700 in stock in accounts at Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo, money they believe includes revenue from her alleged prostitution ring. Palfrey’s D.C. attorney, Montgomery Sibley, declined to comment, but he has filed a claim to that material with the court. Police believe Palfrey is the owner of Pamela Martin & Associates, an escort service in the D.C. area. (The Web site listed by police for the company is no longer available.) According to police, the company set up meetings between its female employees and men at hotels or private residences. Sexual acts cost around $300, according to court papers, and Palfrey allegedly received 50 percent of every transaction, which police say would be mailed by prostitutes to a post office box in Benecia, Calif. As of press time, no criminal charges had been filed against Palfrey. Court records state Palfrey served 18 months in prison for operating an illegal prostitution business in California in 1991.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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