July 19, 2013 – Long Island, NY
A major escort service named Aphrodite Companions with escort services across America and overseas was busted by a combined effort with the New York City Police and federal law enforcement. They were charging between $350 an hour to over $3,000 a day for their prostitutes.
The owners and pimps of Aphrodite Companions, Vincent Lombardo and Melissa Lombardo, also known as Melissa Hodge, were arrested in their new home in Long Island, NY, and being held without bond. The Lombardos previously lived in Boca Raton, FL and have been married for 8 years. They are facing numerous prostitution and money laundering charges; Vincent and Melissa are facing up to 11 years and 8 years in prison respectively.
Aphrodite Companions was a large prostitution ring that was popular with The Erotic Review (TER), a major prostitution rating and promotion website at http://www.theeroticreview.com . While the Lombardos made millions off of selling sex, it would be the TER reviews of their escorts that would provide incriminating evidence that their escorts engaged in prostitution, and therefore end their business and lives.
Read this criminal court document on how the Lombardos and Aphrodite Companions were brought down.