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Prostitution ring discovered after woman shot by pimp


MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Four people have been charged with 28 counts of running a prostitution business in Milwaukee, after a woman was shot-and-wounded in a dispute with her pimp. The main suspect, 38-year-old London Triplett, is charged with 21 felonies that include human trafficking, attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, and manufacturing heroin. He’s due in court Friday. Triplett’s mother and girlfriend are also charged, along with a business partner from Sheboygan. The shooting victim is a 21-year-old Sheboygan woman. According to prosecutors, she was trying to feed a $400-a-day heroin habit when Triplett offered her drugs and a room if she’d work as a prostitute. She later moved to a house owned by Triplett’s mother with two other prostitutes, including the man’s girlfriend. And when they weren’t selling sex, authorities said they were locked up in the house while Triplett worked at a Waukesha car dealer. Meanwhile, police said the business partner – 34-year-old Ethan Massey – recruited another 21-year-old Sheboygan woman to the business. In late January, the second woman left, and authorities said the first woman was shot after she threatened to tell his probation agent that he punched her in the face. Prosecutors said she went back home to Sheboygan without getting treatment. When questioned by police, Triplett claimed he was shot by a robber. But Milwaukee officers found enough evidence to consider the man a suspect. Officers raided the house last month and found heroin.