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2 accused in Las Vegas brothel operation

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Miguel Barahona, left, and Maricruz Ortiz-Guevara, right. (LVMPD) Miguel Barahona, left, and Maricruz Ortiz-Guevara, right. (LVMPD)

Las Vegas Metro police released booking photos for two people arrested after officers executed a warrant at a home suspected of being a brothel.

According to police, Maricruz Ortiz-Guevara, 35, and Miguel Barahona, 46, were each charged with pandering and accepting or receiving earnings from a prostitute.

Police said members of Metro's vice squad and SWAT served a search warrant at Kirk Avenue, near Eastern and Washington avenues, Thursday. Metro noted an investigation began on the home after tips reported suspicious activity going on there.

Four women, a man and a possible customer were at the home when it was raided, police said. They said three of the women are victims of prostitution and possibly victims of human trafficking.

The report said police started their investigation in March when a cable worker told them he saw nine men visiting the house during the two-hour period he was working.

Police said the male visitors may have read about the brothel in an ad Miguel Barahona placed in a Hispanic newspaper called Solo Ofertas. 

The English translation of the ad reads, "New Girls, We are new in Las Vegas. We would like to spend some delicious time. We are young and beautiful. Come and meet us without any commitment. Special $40."

In Thursday's raid, police found three Hispanic women who said Barahona hired them to work in the home as prostitutes. The women said they charge their clients based on the number of minutes spent with them. They said they give half of their earnings to Guevara and Barahona.

The report said tipsters told police the male clients would take scantily clad women into bedrooms in the home for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. During that time, they reported hearing sexual noises coming from behind the closed doors.

Police also found condoms, oils, antibacterial gels and baby wipes inside the bedrooms. They said those items are common finds in illegal brothels.

Jose Hernandez, public information officer with Metro, says residential brothels are becoming more common in Las Vegas. 

"These are starting to develop into some sort of trend. As far as how many are going to be linked to this? We don't know," Hernandez said.

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