More information is filtering out about Omaha spas that were fronts for prostitution as one of the key players faces sentencing. The formal sentencing of Tammy Schuck is still a work in progress.
In court on Tuesday, the key issue was whether the women who worked for Schuck were actually victims as the government claims. If f so, she would be punished accordingly.
But Schuck, who has admitted her role in the conspiracy, believes they were never forced into the job.
The FBI raided the spas in October of 2011. One-by-one, the key players have been pleading guilty to the conspiracy. Neither the johns nor the women have been the targets, but rather, those in charge.
For the first time in a public setting we are hearing from the women who performed the sex acts..
One woman, who started when she was 18, told the court, "I made her a lot of money. Greed will make you work with people you don't necessarily like. I wouldn't have been there if it was against my will."
She also talked about one of Schuck’s daughters who started at the front desk when she was 17. "She was too young to do appointments," she said. But added, once she was, "she had to do those appointments with clients to pay for the car," her mom bought her, "or she would sell it."
Another girl talked about being hired away from her $7.25 an hour job selling shoes to work at the spa. The day she turned 18, she told the court, she started providing sex acts for money.
The federal government is trying to paint a picture of these girls as victims. Schuck's attorney said they aren't victims if they weren't coerced.
The prosecutor asked one, "You knew what you were getting into?”
She said, "Absolutely not."
The prosecutor asked, "Why would you do it?"
"Money," she said.
Randy Knox, the suspected ringleader of the spas-as-prostitution-fronts, got a year in federal prison and a fine.
Tammy Schuck's sentencing will continue into Wednesday.