FAIRBANKS — The investigation of an Anchorage-based prostitution business led to misdemeanor charges against seven alleged johns in Fairbanks this week.
Alaska State Troopers seized terabytes of information, including email records, from Anchorage resident Amber Batts this year while investigating an alleged statewide prostitution business in July. Batts is accused of organizing 32 independent contractors who had about 800 clients, according to the charges against her. A grand jury indicted Batts on four felony sex trafficking charges.
Seven men were charged Wednesday with doing business with Batts’ contractors in Fairbanks during 2013 and 2014. The men will receive court summons by mail. Two Anchorage men were previously charged with prostitution for allegedly patronizing Batts’ business. These are all the summons issued in this round of prosecution but the case remains under investigation, said trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. "Whether more people will be charged depends on how the investigation progresses," she said.
The men were charged with prostitution, the crime of offering a fee in return for sexual contact. State law rates it a “class B” misdemeanor, one classification less serious than a driving under the influence conviction. It’s the same charge that can potentially be filed against prostitutes.
The charging documents list some of the men as current Fairbanks residents and others as current residents of Ohio, Montana, Kansas and Anchorage who are accused of soliciting the business while they were in Fairbanks.
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This article has been updated to add a statement from the Alaska State Troopers.