A United Airlines pilot, 51 year old Bruce Wayne Wallis, was arrested for running “a string of brothels in apartment complexes throughout Houston.”
Apparently he had “a half-dozen brothel apartments with six to 10 women in each one.” The women paid him “$400 a week to ply their trade.”
Let’s assume 48 prostitutes at $400 a week, he was taking in about a million dollars a year less expenses. That’s twice what what the flight attendant for a Gulf carrier made actually sleeping with passengers inflight. And no doubt a lot more than the Japanese flight attendants were making who were doing it to make up for declining wages at their airline.
As so often happens in these cases, 19 women were arrested on prostitution charges. No clients were arrested. No details of the ages of the women or circumstances were revealed.
However did the cops figure out it? (Not an actual photo of the apartments.)
The pilot “has been “removed from flight duties,” but currently remains employed at” United. So he’s no longer flying the friendly skies, but is out on $15,000 bond.
As for the business model, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general discovered in the secret service prostitution scandal that agents could avoid second guest charges in a room by joining Hilton HHonors. And naive people are renting out their homes on Airbnb for prostitution. The pilot, however, appears to have used fixed apartments rather than Airbnb or hotel rooms.
Despite being a pilot, it seems his was an entirely local operation. Travel costs can eat into profits. For instance former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was only willing to pay for Amtrak’s regional train between New York and DC for women despite spending as much as $80,000 for services.
The biggest remaining question here is: What kind of ad will Spirit Airlines run?