Prostitution camp provided women in human smuggling case

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 21:55:21-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A co-defendant in a human smuggling operation told police that a prostitution camp in the Marshall Islands provided many of the pregnant women involved in former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's allegedly illegal adoption business.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported that co-defendant Lynwood Jennet told police that majority of the women were from a prostitution camp.

Authorities say Jennet is accused of serving as his fixer in the Marshall Islands.

Petersen has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Arizona.

His lawyer Kurt Altman told The Associated Press that any implication that Petersen knew of or was involved in a prostitution camp is absurd.