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Scottish 'Madam' Admits Prostitution Charge
A Scottish mother of four charged with moonlighting as a multimillion dollar madam in New York has pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution as part of a plea deal.
Anna Gristina, a legal US resident originally from Kirkliston, near Edinburgh, made the plea in a Manhattan court.
She spent four months in jail before being released on $250,000 (£154,000) bail in June.
The judge said she will be sentenced on November 20 to time-served and probation, and warned that she could also be deported.
Gristina's lawyers said she spent her time rescuing animals at her 12-acre property in Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City.
But prosecutors accused the 45-year-old of having a list of wealthy, well-placed clients and boasting of law-enforcement connections during 15 years in a business that made her millions.
She had insisted she was merely starting a dating service.
She was charged with a single count of promoting prostitution, stemming from a July 2011 tryst that authorities say she arranged involving two women and an undercover officer posing as a client.
Gristina was arrested February 22 as she left a friend's Morgan Stanley office after a fundraising meeting for her business, prosecutors say.
In trying to get the case dismissed, her lawyer, Norman Pattis, wrote that the district attorney's office "vindictively prosecuted her as a result of her failure to co-operate with investigators" during what he called an illegal interrogation.
Gristina said in court papers that investigators shrugged off her requests for a lawyer and told her they would let her go if she gave them information about five men.
The men were not named in court documents, but are described as a financier, an international banker and a member of a politically-connected family, among others.
Co-defendant Jaynie Baker, a former matchmaking recruiter was charged with helping Gristina set up sexual encounters, has also reached a deal to resolve her case.
Baker, 31, is due back in court on October 2.
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what do you think?
It's always wise when in a country other than your own to be utterly scrupulous about obeying laws.
Walk on the blind side and you will (some time) fall into deep water. splosh.
Or at least make sure that you have the odd judge on your client list
Prostitution should be decriminalised together with cannabis. . Its only a case of misplaced morality and archaic thinking which keeps it banned.
I agree, better a well run brothel, than girls walking the streets, it's the oldest profession, you will never stop it, and I think they are a nesessary thing....
Waiting for the book and film
I know this happened in America BUT the sooner the UK legalises brothels the sooner something can be done about the appalling trade of "Sex Trafficing"
I agree, Michael, prostitutes are a fact of life, no good going all moralistic about it, better a well run brothel, than girls risking their lives....
I don't agree with prostitution but i agree it's been around "forever" and a well run, clean brothel is better than girls selling sex on streets and end up being hurt or worse.
I definatly don't agree with girls being forced into prostitution, be it trafficed Central European girls or vunerable girls targetted by gangs on men eg what happened in Bradford. But girls selling sexual favors and men paying for those favours will never stop. Isn't it better that this is conducted in a safe enviroment for both parties?
And so what!! Fairplay to her...
See they're thinking of deporting her for being a "madam" and we can't even get rid of Hamza the anti british terror*st. Laughable the Uk law system couldn't get rid of a cold let alone aload of unwanted "persons"