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Escort service busted from within

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34-year-old Joshua Rubenstein and 58-year-old Doug Juiffre 34-year-old Joshua Rubenstein and 58-year-old Doug Juiffre

WSVN -- Two South Florida men are locked up tonight, arrested in connection with the operation of an escort service, and just one reporter was there from the beginning of a case that could be the first of its kind. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero has the exclusive.

It was early morning, and clearly the day was not going to go well for 58-year-old Doug Juiffre and 34-year-old Joshua Rubenstein. They were arrested in the parking lot of a Pompano Beach shopping center by Broward Sheriff's Office and Fort Lauderdale's human trafficking unit.

The pair learned they were facing felony charges for the operation of an escort service.

Police said Juiffre owned and Rubenstein managed the service that provided women for prostitution.

Doug Juiffre: "I'm not gonna answer questions right now, but we're not guilty of these types of charges."

But police said Juiffre hired an undercover Fort Lauderdale detective to work for him. 7News was there in late January when the detective met with Juiffre in a parking lot. The detective said he was being trained to drive girls around to their dates.

Undercover Detective: "You were expected to collect the money from the escorts prior to the event happening."

We were also there when the detective picked up women and dropped them off for dates.

According to court records, some of the women complained to the detective about the sexual acts they performed on customers.

Police said getting one of their officers hired was key to building the case.

Fort Lauderdale Police Capt. Robert Dietrich: "Having somebody on the inside gave us a more up close view of what was actually happening. As far as I know, that I'm aware of, nothing like this has been done, at least within our area."

Police said when they arrested Rubenstein, he was meeting Juiffre to turn over $1,750, Juiffre's share of the money collected the night before.

According to the undercover detective, customers paid $180 for a one-hour date. Of that, the driver got $30, the girl got $70 and the office got $80.

Doug Juiffre: "We have an escort business."

Carmel Cafiero: "Prostitution, right?"

Doug Juiffre: "No, no, we just charge for time and companionship."

Carmel Cafiero: "Do you think men really pay for time and companionship?"

Doug Juiffre: "I don't want to answer anymore questions. Thank you."

BSO's SWAT team also served a search warrant at Juiffre's Palm Air condo where evidence was gathered under difficult conditions.

BSO Detective Ben Dusenbery: "There's just stuff everywhere piled up, trash on the floor and food sitting out, and he apparently has several cats. There's litter boxes that haven't been changed. There's cat feces all over everything."

Rubenstein is accused of operating the escort service's call center where dates were arranged.

Authorities also searched that Pompano Beach office.

Carmel Cafiero: "Do you have anything to say about the charges against you and being arrested today?"

Josh Rubenstein: "Absolutely nothing."

Both Rubenstein and Juiffre have been charged with living off the earnings of prostitution, racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Juiffre is also facing a money laundering charge.

At a bond hearing, Juiffre tried but failed to get his $225,000 bond reduced.

Doug Juiffre: "I just oversee as a booking agent, but what I wanted to say..."

Judge: "Where do you work as a booking agent?"

Public Defender: "You don't want to go there, sir."

Rubenstein also asked for a bond reduction and was supported by his father.

Rubenstein's father: "He's a good boy. He does whatever I ask him to."

It didn't work. His $180,000 bond also stands.

Both men remain behind bars as the investigation continues.

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