HAMMOND | A third suspect in an alleged international prostitution ring with local ties was arrested and appeared before a federal court judge Friday in Hammond, court records show.
Crystal Wireman, charged with felony use of an interstate facility to promote prostitution, is the latest of three defendants to be arrested in the case, according to U.S. District Court records. An indictment in the case accuses Wireman of using a telephone to further the prostitution business but offers no other details of her alleged involvement in the case.
Wireman was arrested Friday in Lake Station, records state.
Rita Law, of Chicago, and Edward Olszewski, of Hobart, were charged earlier this year with operating the prostitution business, allegedly importing women from Asia and other countries to serve customers in local spas.
Law is charged with two counts of human trafficking and servitude and one count of transporting for the purpose of prostitution. Law also faces a count of promoting prostitution through an interstate facility.
Olszewski is charged with one count of transporting for the purpose of prostitution.
Federal records indicate an investigation began Sept. 3 after an Asian woman was arrested on prostitution charges and could not produce her foreign passport. The arrest occurred during a police sting operation at Duneland Spa, 3549 Broadway, Gary.
Federal prosecutors allege Law, with accounting and other help from Olszewski, was running the business.