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Man Transported Prostitutes To Hundreds Of Clients In Hudson Valley Village, Feds Say

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A driver for an alleged Queens prostitution ring busted by the FBI had nearly 400 clients in his cellphone for a town in the Hudson Valley.

Teodoro Rojas Lopez, who was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 3, was a driver and coordinator for the large-scale ring that supplied mostly Mexican and Latin American women to clients in the Village of Brewster in Putnam County, according to a criminal complaint.

The compliant said Lopez used text messages to communicate with the 383 Putnam County clients found on his cellphone.

The FBI also said in the complaint that the going rate for the women's services, many of who were forced to work in prostitution, was usually $100 for a half-hour.

Rojas Lopez worked for the ring for seven years and had thousands of text messages with clients on his phone, the complaint said.

The Queens man was first arrested in February 2018 with two women in the back of his car in Carmel and admitted he had taken them to 12 separate appointments on that day, according to the criminal complaint.

For that arrest, Rojas Lopez served less than a year in jail and began immediately working as a driver for the ring again, this time under the surveillance of the FBI. 

During the spring of 2020, the FBI followed him to Brewster numerous times, each time, he would drop off and later pick up unidentified women from the homes of Johns, authorities said.

The FBI said Lopez would text most clients in Spanish. In one text exchange, according to the complaint, a Brewster client asked Lopez, "What did you bring," to which Lopez replied, "A good girl."

Rojas Lopez was charged with using a cellphone to promote prostitution. He was released on a $50,000 bond. 

No other members of the ring have been arrested to date. 

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