NY tour operator promoted prostitution in Asia

A New York man who runs a travel company specializing in trips to Thailand and the Philippines has been charged with promoting prostitution.

The Westchester County district attorney said Monday that 66-year-old Douglas Allen, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested in a sting.

An online investigator pretended that he wanted to use Allen's company, Big Apple Oriental Tours, to go overseas and have sex for money. The district attorney's office said the investigator paid Allen $2,500.

Allen allegedly told the investigator he would be taken to Angeles City in the Philippines, where he could negotiate with women for sex acts.

A call to Legal Aid, which is representing Allen, was not immediately returned. If convicted, he faces to up to seven years in prison.