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Pittsfield Police bust human trafficking and prostitution ring

November 21, 2017 06:10 PM

PITTSFIELD -  According to investigators, Randy Lambach recruited women with drug addictions to work for him as prostitutes. The 45-year-old from Becket took pictures of the women and advertised sex with them on a website called "Back Page."

Court documents indicate the "Johns" were charged between $80 and $200 but in some instances Lambach took up to 90-percent of the cash from the deal.   

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Also included in the court paperwork, information about some of the so called 'dates' occurring at Capitol Square Apartments, on North Street. It's subsidized Senior Housing and Lambach is accused of paying a third floor resident, Joseph VanWert, in drugs, money and even sex with the women for the use of his apartments for the meets ups. The Director at Berkshire Housing told NewsChannel 13 that staff called police after residents complained about the women and men who frequented one apartment at all hours of the night and that they hired security as a result of this case.

It's alleged that Lambach watched some of the encounters from a closet or doorway. The legal paperwork indicates that one witness tol police that some of the prostitutes Lambach recruited were his former foster children.

Both Lambach and the 65-year-old VanWert face human trafficking and prostitution charges.  This was a year long investigation involving undercover detectives and surveillance video. Both of the men's files in District Court indicate more charges are expected.

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Abigail Bleck

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