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Headline-grabbing prostitution cases highlight common headache for NYC landlords

May 15, 2012 10:30AM
By Leigh Kamping-Carder

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From the May issue: The case of Anna Gristina, the mother of four who allegedly ran a brothel out of her Upper East Side walk-up, may represent an extreme example of a Manhattan home being used for prostitution. But the business practices of the so-called Soccer Mom Madam, who is currently awaiting trial at Rikers Island, are not as rare as you might think.

In 2006, a Brazilian woman was arrested (and later convicted) for running an escort ring out of her midtown condo. And last month, the Sheffield condo board settled a case involving an alleged male escort who was renting an apartment in the building from an Italian couple, as The Real Deal reported.

And those are just the ones who got caught. [more]