Sting at Bloomington brothel leads to prostitution charges

  • Updated: March 11, 2008 - 1:29 AM

Two metro area men face felony prostitution charges following a two-month investigation that ended with a sting at a Bloomington brothel.

Carlos Guadalupe-Laganes Jiminez, 25, of Wayzata and Eduardo Delariva-Larios, 35, of Bloomington were charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with promoting prostitution. They allegedly ran a prostitution ring at 3900 W. 102nd St. in Bloomington.

According to a complaint filed Monday, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension had watched the house since January and observed high traffic "consistent with prostitution."

On Thursday, an undercover agent entered the house, where he paid Delariva-Larios $40 for a poker chip to exchange with one of the prostitutes for 15 minutes of sexual services. The woman immediately took off her clothes when given the chip.

Agents then searched the home, where interviews with the women explained that Jimenez worked as the doorman at the home and escorted women when they left the house, "as they are not allowed to go anywhere without an escort." He also brought women to the house from the airport.

Another woman told agents that she learned of Delariva-Larios' business through an acquaintance in New York, and that she and another woman were picked up by him on March 3, where he immediately took them to buy condoms, then to the house. The woman told authorities that in a week, she has performed sexual services for pay with about 150 customers.

Both men remain in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

ABBY SIMONS

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