Inside the fight to take down online prostitution review boards

At first glance, the undercover video captured by a Seattle detective seems to show an ordinary guys’ night out — a bunch of men just hanging out at a local watering hole, eating nachos and drinking beers.

But police said these bar patrons were part of an exclusive group that called itself “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and they were meeting to talk about a very specific shared interest: their fondness for Korean prostitutes, who they referred to as “k-girls.”

“She’s as close to perfect as I think they get made,” one man said, describing one of the Korean women.

“Right after k-girls, I’ve always had this thing for Eastern Europeans,” another said. “Like Czech, Hungarian, anyone from a war-torn country. Anything with ‘will work for food.’”

Unbeknownst to them, the detective sitting at their table during this series of meet-ups in 2015 was secretly videotaping their conversations as part of an undercover operation.

“Everybody would sit down and order drinks, eat food, and talk about the latest prostitute that they have had sex with and trends that were going on,” the undercover detective told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “There were some waitresses that seemed a little offended.”

Watch the full story on ABC News “Nightline” tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET

This unprecedented prostitution sting eventually blew the lid off a secretive network of online review boards – websites where users rate and recommend local prostitutes. King County District Attorney Valiant Richey described these sites as “Yelp for prostitution.”

Prostitution review websites are a prolific corner of the illicit online sex trade. Major websites, like TnA Review and The Erotic Review, cover nearly every city in the United States; each location has its own local customer reviews and often, escort ads. While these websites operate across the country, not all of these online communities agree to meet in person—something that made the…

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