Men charged with operating brothel in Winnipeg hotels

Two men are charged with running a brothel out of two Winnipeg hotels.
Two men are charged with running a brothel out of two Winnipeg hotels and allegedly coercing young women into working as escorts. 1:50

Two men are charged with running a brothel out of two Winnipeg hotels.

The men, aged 42 and 28, allegedly targeted young women and coerced them into working as escorts.

On one occasion, one of the men assaulted one of the women, hitting her and causing non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Between August and October 2013, the two men arranged for customers to attend the hotel rooms where sexual acts were performed by the recruited females, in exchange for an agreed-upon amount of money, according to police.

The rooms were rented at the Thrift Lodge on Notre Dame Avenue in the city's Weston area and the Marlborough hotel on Smith Street in downtown.

The men were arrested Oct. 1.

The 42-year-old has been charged with living off the avails of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy house, assault with a weapon and three counts of breach of probation.

The 28-year-old has been charged with living off the avails of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy house and two counts of breach of probation.

They have been detained in custody.

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