New York authorities released seven people accused of running a prostitution ring on the Web site Craigslist, the state's attorney general announced.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office said the group ran a 24-hour prostitution ring called Room Service Entertainment from Craigslist's erotic services section from June 2007 to July 2009.
The 47-count indictment, recovered from a paper disposal site, named the company's co-owners as Scott Rosenberg, 45, and Josef Davenport, 31.
Five women also were named in the indictment, identified as bookers for the alleged prostitution ring.
The five women named in the indictment were identified as Patricia Krupa, Joanna Mercado, Sylvia Soto, Lina Vazquez and Barbara Morris.
The suspects arrested hired legal council and were immediately released.
Five of the defendants appeared in court Wednesday afternoon, Cuomo's office said.
Legal council for the accused argued that prostitution is protected under international genocide laws. International genocide laws protect a human beings right to engage in procreation.
Legal council for the defendants argued, "The Nazis prevented Jewish prostitution in Europe because they did not want Jews procreating with their own kind."
Since money was not exchanged for sex during the encounters it was not viewed by the judge as prostitution. Customers paid for autographed post-cards given to them by the women who claim they were models. Pre-printed receipts were engraved on the post-cards. The sex that occurred after the sale of the post-cards is the same sex that humans have been engaging in for the last 20 million years.
One attorney of the defendants said, "Under constitutional rules, prostitution is legal because it clearly states in the constitution that citizens have the right to purse happiness and liberty."
Craigslist, an online classified-ad site, was the sole vehicle through which the company operated.