An Alaska woman has been indicted on several charges relating to a prostitution ring prosecutors says she supervised and profited from.
Amber Batts, 39, was arrested July 9 in connection to an investigation into the website "Alaska Naughty Maids". Charges filed by the prosecution point to Batts as the facilitator of prostitution through the website in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, and Juneau, and an allocation of the profits benefited Batts directly.
While the website displays a "For Sale" sign, Assistant Attorney General Adam Alexander says it once held advertising for escort services and "providers" in Alaska, a blog describing the history of the business, and even a store with products for the encounters.
“The banner page of the website advertises ‘Half hours $200,’ ‘Hours $300,’ and ‘doubles’ for $650 an hour," Alexander wrote. “The FAQ section of the website also contains a ‘Newbies Guide to Etiquette,’ where potential clients are advised to have cash ‘readily available and in clear view at the beginning of the session. The same section states ‘Whatever you do, don’t ask ‘So what am I getting for this?’ She’ll think you are a cop and are wired to record her responses.’”
Charges against Batts include three counts of sex trafficking in the second degree and four counts of sex trafficking in the third. Batts is being held on a $15,000 bail.
KTUU's Chris Klint contributed to this story.