Longueuil police have shut down what they believe was an illegal escort agency running out a Brossard hotel.

Thirteen people were arrested on Tuesday night at the hotel on Taschereau Boulevard, including nine employees between the ages of 25 and 45.

A 30-year-old alleged escort and three suspected clients were also taken into custody.

Police also searched a home in the nearby town of Saint-Philippe which police said belonged to owner of the agency, a 37-year-old woman.

Longueuil police believe the agency had been operating for several months, attracting clients through want-ads in Montreal daily newspapers.

Investigators seized more than $7,000, accounting books, and lists of clients and employees.

Police are hoping to made additional arrests.

All of the individuals were released and are expected to appear in court at a later date to face charges.