(NEW YORK) – A tattoo is an expression. A form of art for many. This said, PIX 11 News has learned that prosecutors inside of Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday will say that alleged pimp Anthony Rodriguez used tattoos as a way to brand his women.
The tattoos allegedly forced on them was the way the 26-year-old operated on the streets. It was a stark reminder to the women as well as a warning to others that this was his property.
“Apparently this is a common situation where pimps where will tattoo their women to show that these women are their property,” said his defense attorney Glenn Hardy.
If there is anyone who understands how to move flesh, it’s allegedly Rodriguez. When he’s not allegedly running street walkers, he’s apparently running tourists around the city as a bus dispatcher for a tour operator.
“He was employed with a tour company that runs the buses in midtown, you know, touring the city,” said Hardy.
The criminal complaint by a detective out of the NYPDS’s Vice Enforcement Division says that Rodriguez, who was arrested last Friday, was the architect behind a prostitution ring that operated on websites and included the trafficking of a prostitute to an international jurisdiction.
“It’s alleged in the criminal complaint, however, in my discussions with him there is no basis for that whatsoever,” said Hardy.
The operation, which lasted more than two years, appears to also have been violent. Rodriguez allegedly beat two women, one at a location on Manhattan Street in Harlem. The other blocks away at a residence on Lexington. The reason? There are two of them. Either they did not share all of the profits for hooking or they refused to deliver sexual favors to Rodriguez when he called for them.
However, it’s the hard core act of branding his women that makes this case unique. Or does it?
PIX 11 News spoke with a tattoo artist along St. Mark’s Place whose been coloring for 18 years. Kris didn’t want to go on camera, but he did indicate that pimps marking their hookers is not uncommon.
“At all the tattoo shops I used to work at, yes, people come in telling I want my name on her and that’s it. It’s what they force and demand, that’s it.”
Rodiguez, faces charges of criminal sex acts, promoting prostitution, sex trafficking, possession of a weapon, as well as endangering the welfare of a child.
There are also two interesting coincidences involved in this case. The arresting detective is a female who also played a key role in exposing a father-son prostitution operation centralized around livery cars in the spring. Separately, Hardy also is the defense attorney for Royce Corley. He made headlines recently for a January arrest where he allegedly utilized Con Edison computers to promote prostitution while on the job.