Police broke up a sex party at an Auburn, Massachusetts, hotel on Wednesday, resulting in the arrest of 29 people.
According to the Telegram and Gazette, police began an investigation into an event at the Holiday Inn Express on Johnson Street that had been posted on Craigslist.com and Backpage.com. The ad posted by the suspects, Jon A. Lowell, 45, and Courtney C. Nicholopoulos, 39, both of Hubbardston, advertised to men seeking to have sex with women.
With assistance from Worcester Police, authorities set up a sting operation. An undercover officer was told to come to the hotel and police entered the suite shortly after the undercover officer was allowed in the suite. The five women in the suite were allegedly told that they would be paid $5,000 to $9,000 to have sex with the 22 men that answered the ad. All of the 27 suspects will be charged with engaging in sex for a fee.
Police say Lowell and Nicholopoulos, both of Hubbardston, were arraigned on the charge of deriving income from prostitution in Worcester District Court. They may also be charged with human trafficking.