Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prosecutor: Demos Ended With Prostitution.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Bruce Daniels Journal Staff Writer

Lotion Parlors Sold Fantasy, Defense Says

Prosecutors told jurors Monday that 76-year-old Owyhee "Red" Allen knew prostitution was going on at his North Valley lotion parlors and took careful steps to "insulate" himself from the illegal acts.

Allen testified last week at his trial that it was his "ministry" to keep young women headed for prostitution gainfully employed and off the streets.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Drebing told jurors in closing arguments Monday that Allen's "altruistic intentions" were a lie.

"He's there to exploit these women and maximize his profits," Drebing told the eight women and four men who will begin their deliberations this morning. …

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