Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Ran Strip Club and Brothel in Ferguson Home, Officials Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Ran Strip Club and Brothel in Ferguson Home, Officials Say

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FERGUSON * It had everything you might find in a classic strip club a pole for dancing, full bar, security and a VIP room.

But this club operated by invitation in a one-story brick bungalow in a residential neighborhood in Ferguson, according to court documents.

The VIP room was really the bedroom of a teenage boy. He was the bartender.

And the home's occupant was promoting prostitution, federal prosecutors say.

St. Louis County police raided the home, in the 400 block of Warfield Avenue, early last month, seizing alcohol, condoms, a small amount of cash and other items.

Last week, a federal grand jury indicted the occupant, Carmen A. Fluker, 42, on a single felony charge of promoting prostitution.

Fluker, reached by phone Tuesday, said authorities "lied on me, tried to set me up" and then referred questions to her attorney. The lawyer, Daniel Brown, could not be reached.

Fluker's indictment is spare, saying simply that between May 2011 and April 3, 2014, she used the facilities of interstate commerce to promote prostitution.

But search warrants used by St. Louis County police in raids of Fluker's homes in April and in 2011 go further.

In the most recent warrant, Detective Michael Slaughter wrote that he was contacted by a tipster in March, who reported that Fluker was hosting nightly parties featuring nude dancers, liquor sales, drug use and a VIP room for private dances and sex.

The tipster said that Fluker sent text messages to prospective patrons and dancers when she was going to be open.

The tipster, wearing a hidden video camera, went to the club twice, recording Fluker explaining the operation and saying she planned to move the VIP room from her son's room to her own, which boasted room for a chair and a door with a lock. …

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