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Brothel bust: NYPD arrests man who allegedly ran brothels in Wall Street, Midtown neighborhoods

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(CBS) NEW YORK - A Brooklyn man was arrested for allegedly running brothels in Manhattan's Wall Street and Midtown neighborhoods, reports CBS New York.

Prosecutors say William Thomas, 42, allegedly advertised the prostitutes' services on websites e4anyc.com, which has been taken down, and e4akorea.com (site NSFW).

E4akorea.com calls itself "Your Midtown Korean Experience," and advertises "whipped cream week" along with pictures of a number of scantily clad or topless women posing suggestively.

Next to some of the images are offers of a "$260 GFE," which is short for "girlfriend experience." CBS New York reports that the rates ran $200-$300 per hour for an encounter with the girls. A number of women on the site had links to online reviews by other customers.

According to the criminal complaint, an undercover officer "arranged with Thomas for a session with one of the women advertised on the websites."

"When the [undercover officer] inquired what was meant in the website by GFE, the girlfriend experience, [Thomas] replied that no condom was needed," according to the complaint.

The alleged brothels were located on East 50th Street, East 58th Street, West 36th Street and Maiden Lane, prosecutors said.

The New York Daily News reports that Thomas was arrested and charged on October 11, and released on a $10,000 cash bond.