Strippers sound off after accused Denver pimp Germaine ‘Jell-O’ Wallace busted in Houston
Women create online petition to Jell-O's name, saying he never sold women for sex; 'We want to maintain our lives'
A quartet of strippers has launched a web campaign to free an alleged pimp nicknamed "Jello-O," who is accused of running a high-priced hooker ring out of Denver's swankiest strip clubs.
Germaine "Jell-O" Wallace, 38, was collared in Houston on Thursday at around 2 p.m. while riding in a cab with the scantily-clad dancers, The Denver Post reported.
U.S. Marshals were hunting Wallace since Feb. 7, when he was supposed to appear in Denver court to face pimping, sexual assault, weapons, drugs, animal cruelty and other charges.
Wallace denied pimping, telling reporters after his arrest, "I don't deal with prostitutes, I deal with dancers. That's not against the law," local station KHOU reported.
The four women, who lived the high life with Wallace in his Colorado mansion before he went on the lam, came to his defense, telling the station they never worked as prostitutes and Wallace never made money selling skin.
"We like our lives," Amber Wilson told KHOU. "We want to maintain our lives. That's all we were trying to do is make money to maintain the way that we lived before this happened."
The women told the station they were traveling with Wallace working Houston's strip club circuit.
"We treat it like a 9 to 5," Kara Laughead told the station. "No funny business. We go in, we work. We make money."
"We're not doing anything wrong," Teresa Weeks added.
Authorities said Wallace ran a ruthless hooker ring in which he sent women into clubs to turn tricks and strong-arm other girls into doing the same, the Denver Post reported last year.
Prosecutor tied about 10 women to the operation — including the four who created the petition — and said each was required to bring in about $500 bucks a night between stripping and back-room sex deals.
Wallace and the women lived in a $1.3 million pad near Castle Rock with a driveway full of custom cars and a collection of exotic pets, court records showed.
One tricked-out blue minivan featured a cartoon of Bugs Bunny grabbing cartoon sexpot Jessica Rabbit with the words "choose up" written on it — street slang that encourages hookers to join up with richer pimps.
"This wasn't some street-level accused pimp," Deputy U.S. Marshal Cameron Welch told the Houston Chronicle.
"When they knocked (the prostitution ring) down, it put a big dent in that industry up there."
The women created the petition, Prejudice Justice against Jermaine Wallace, on the website ipetitions.com.
There is also a Facebook page, "Jermaine Jello Wallace," full of posts proclaiming his innocence.
Wallace is expected to be extradited back to Colorado in the next few weeks.
"Now, he's getting a free ride back to Colorado," Welch told the Chronicle.