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Prostitution ring pimped out mentally disabled young men in Connecticut

April 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prostitution ring pimped out mentally disabled young men in Connecticut Alleged ringleader Robert King (left) is accused of sending prostitutes to Bruce Bemer (right) and other clients for two decades.

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For two decades, a Connecticut-based prostitution ring trafficked mentally disabled young men, according to court documents.

The prostitution ring served wealthy clients in Connecticut and Massachusetts who paid $250 to have sex.

A minimum of 15 young men in their 20s were victimized in the ring.

The victims suffered from illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, some were severely disabled and were residing in group homes, according to the New York Post.

The operation had been under investigation since January 2016; the first big break came with the arrest of Robert King, described by Connecticut prosecutors as the leader the operation.

King befriended vulnerable men, including one he found going through a dumpster, court papers cited by The News-Times revealed.

He would then allegedly get them addicted to cocaine and heroin, and then coerce them to prostitute themselves to pay for their escalating drug debts.

ā€œIā€™m a gay guy trying to help people,ā€ King claimed to Danbury investigators when he was approached in August 2016.

The suspect has been charged with prostitution and witness tampering.

Two clients have been arrested and have been charged with the patronizing of a trafficked victim.

One, Bruce J. Bemer, is the owner of the Waterford Speedbowl and New England Motor Sports. He reportedly told police that King had been sending young men to him for over 20 years.

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