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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 — A Prospect Heights dance studio served as a front for a prostitution operation and now faces a permanent shut down after a joint investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department and Prospect Heights Police Department, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and Chief Bruce Morris announced Wednesday.
New Dance Expressions, 65 E. Palatine Rd., was raided late Tuesday night and two female employees were arrested for prostitution after a month-long investigation.
Visitors would pay $80 to enter the building and were then led to a private room. In exchange, visitors were supposed to get a private dance from a female employee.
            Instead, on multiple occasions, undercover officers were offered sex in exchange for cash. The women would charge as much as $1,200 for sexual intercourse.
            Around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, an undercover officer was led to a back room where he was met by Veronica Rodriguez, 21, of Elgin. Instead of performing a dance, she offered to have sex with the officer in exchange for $1,200. After a brief conversation, Rodriguez brought in another female employee, Marisol Rodriguez, 37, of Niles.
Veronica Rodriguez told the officer he could have sex with both of them for $2,400. The officer produced his credit card and Veronica Rodriguez said she would charge $2,400 to it. At that point, the officer gave a signal to backup officers who then came into the business.
Veronica Rodriguez is charged with two counts of prostitution, while Marisol Rodriguez is charged with one count of prostitution. The women are not related.
The investigation came as a result of numerous complaints received by the Prospect Heights Police Department. In early March, the department requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Police Department.
“We were glad to assist Chief Morris in ridding his community of this problem,” Dart said. “No families or businesses should have to live with this type of activity going on in their neighborhood.”
The departments are continuing to pursue leads in the case and the investigation remains ongoing, Dart said.

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