2 bikini barista stands at center of prostitution ring demolished

KOMOnews.com

Published: Dec 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM PST

 

EVERETT, Wash. — The city of Everett is tearing down a group of bikini barista coffee stands at the center of a prostitution ring.

The city seized control of five coffee stands after owner Carmela Panico pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution and money laundering in September. Two stands along Highway 99 were demolished Wednesday morning while three others remain in city possession.141203_bikini_stand_gone_lg

In a Problem Solver investigation in November, our hidden cameras rolled as female workers exposed themselves to customers. Baristas were accused of serving up much more than a cup of Joe, with some engaging in prostitution.

Everett police have been on a crackdown to stop sex at coffee stands.

The city of Everett is working to ramp up ordinances and push for stronger regulation, including fining owners if baristas serve more than coffee.

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