A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested and her son is wanted after authorities said they set up a large-scale prostitution operation at massage parlors across Broward County.
The investigation began in October 2022, when Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating several massage parlors and spas run by Catalina Soto, her boyfriend Yonleno Carmenates and Soto’s son Diego Molina Prieto, officials said.
Detectives focused on four different locations: two in Fort Lauderdale, one in Pompano Beach, and one in Deerfield Beach, where officials said prostitution brought in large sums of money.
With the help of the National Security Investigation Service and the Fort Lauderdale and Miramar Police Departments, the BSO discovered that the trio had used several financial institutions to launder more than $100,000 in prostitution proceeds, officials said.
Soto and Carmenates were arrested on Monday after a warrant was issued to search their home.
A search warrant was also issued at Molina Prieto’s home, but officials said he was not in the country. He will be arrested when he returns, the BSO said.
All three face charges, including receiving support from the proceeds of prostitution, as well as money laundering and racketeering.
Records showed that Soto, 49, and Carmenates, 44, were sent to Broward Prison, where they were held on bail of $250,000 each. There was no information about the lawyer.