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The Brothel Empire and the Ex-Detective, Always One Step Ahead of the Law

Sep 22, 2018 - The New York Times

The complaints from neighbors about prostitution flourishing behind the Brooklyn apartment's thin walls had been flowing into the vice squad for months. Men, arriving at all hours, were asked at the door which nationality of women they preferred: ''Brazil? Peru?''

Police officers swooped in one day in September 2017, slamming through the door with a battering ram, but they left empty-handed. The brothel on the border of Gowanus and Park Slope had quietly closed down before the raid, just a...