SARASOTA, FLA. - A 55-year-old mother and her 30-year-old daughter are accused of running a prostitution operation out of their home, the Sarasota Police Department said.
The mother, Anne Dodge, claimed to be a licensed massage therapist while her daughter, Jennifer Dodge, performed sexual acts in exchange for money, police said.
The arrests came as no surprise to neighbors.
“Car would roll up be here few minutes leave go down the street," said Sammy Warren, who lives across the street from the home on the 2900 block of Bay Street. "The girl would go back. Thought they were selling him something didn’t consider it might be herself."
Investigators were notified of the activity through a CrimeStoppers tip in June, police said.
In a series of joint undercover operations, Sarasota police, the Florida Department of Health and Selah Freedom, a local anti-sex trafficking organization, investigated the Dodge's home.
“When we sent another undercover officer he asked for a massage she said she could do more than that and made arrangements make sexual intercourse for 200 dollars," said Jessica Sullivan, a Sarasota police officer who worked the case.
Up to 10 different vehicles would visit the home a day, Sullivan said.
Both women were posting ads on Backpage.com, a classified ad website with a strong history of prostitution listings, officials said.
"I am a beautiful, talented, licensed massage therapist whom God uses to bring his healing energy to you and bring you to a whole new level of ecstasy," one of the posts read.
The Florida Department of Children and Families removed two children from the home, authorities said.
Anne Dodge is charged with two counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession (felony) and two counts of massage establishments; requisites; licensure; inspection.
Jennifer Dodge was charged with felony prostitution.
Both women have bonded out of jail.
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