Proprietor of ‘Sowet’ website indicted for promoting massage parlors offering sexual services
DENVER — A man from Adams County was arrested on Friday for “Use of a Facility in Interstate Commerce to Promote a Business Enterprise Involving Prostitution,” according to a statement from Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice.
David A. Warmack owned and operated a website business named “Sowet.com,” reported Dorschner.
The website promoted and facilitated prostitution that took place at multiple massage parlors across the Metro Denver area.
These massage parlors offered massages but also unlawful sexual services, the statement said.
The main massage parlors promoted by Warmack included the following:
- Happy Feet, in Golden from 2011 to 2012
- Sunday Spa, in Aurora from 2012 to 2013
- Jewell Spa, in Lakewood from 2012 to 2013
- Abalone Spa, in Wheat Ridge in 2013
- Maize Spa, in Aurora from 2013 to 2014
- Hill Relaxation Spa, in Parker in 2014
Warmack visited some of the businesses, received unlawful sexual services in exchange for writing a review of the parlor and the specific prostitute, Dorschner said.
Additionally, Warmack posted sexually suggestive photographs of the women in order to attract business to the massage parlors.
He would also administer forums on the “Sowet” website, where users could discuss topics related to the parlors’ services.
Warmack collected a $150 to $400 monthly fee for each location on his website, according to the statement from Dorschner.
For an additional fee, he would also promote the parlors on backpage.com and craiglist.com.
David A. Warmack’s indictment includes:
- 20 counts of Use of a Facility in Interstate Commerce to Promote a Business Enterprise Involving Prostitution
- credit card transactions
- use of the internet for advertising purposes
- flying in workers to Colorado from other states to work at the various Denver locations.
Warmack is scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 20, if convicted, he faces not more than 5 years in federal prison per count and a $250,000 fine per count, reported Dorschner.
“Thanks to the hard work of the Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition, we were able to help put five illicit massage parlors out of business, and prosecute an individual who was helping those illegally run businesses make money,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.