NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images The owner of a hotel in Phoenix is claiming that he is a victim of an alleged “slave” prostitution ring and that his business is threatened because of it.
According to ABC affiliate KPHO, hotel owner Scott Mihalich, who has owned the hotel for about 20 years, said he was the victim of a criminal enterprise, and that he feared for his safety and security.
“I’m really worried about the safety of my staff,” he said.
“My staff is here to do their job.
I’m just trying to make sure that everyone who works here is safe.””
I feel really threatened by this, because this is my livelihood,” he added.
“If I’m not safe and I don’t get my money, I’m going to have a hard time making a living.”
Mihalic’s claim comes after Phoenix police said in April that they had arrested three men in connection with the ring.
The three men are charged with prostitution, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit prostitution, according to the Phoenix New Times.
Police said that in the months before the raid, at least six women working as escorts for Mihlich were taken to his hotel, where they were forced to perform sex acts on a variety of men, including men who lived in the same apartment complex as Mihllich’s.
The women were forced into sex acts with the men in exchange for money, police said.
Phoenix police Chief Michael Baca told the New Times that the hotel’s owners have contacted law enforcement and are working to identify the men who allegedly facilitated the ring, and are seeking help in identifying and tracking down the other alleged ring members.
Police were also notified that Mihleich is an active member of the International Association of Professional Escorts.
He is also the president of the Association of Escorts and the National Escorts Association of America, the police said, according, the Phoenix Gazette.