Silicon Valley was booming, numerous young people, in there twenties and thirties
became millionaires and billionaires. On any given day, you could see a 22-year
old billionaire who launched a start-up in his garage, driving around in a custom
convertible Lamborghini. The sky was the limit and Raeshel Keavy, 1st photo, devised a scheme,
she was going to launch an exclusive escort service that catered to ‘new money.’
motto: Offer a high-quality product (gorgeous women) and let rich men with disposable
cash and high credit limits contact her. They would get a taste of the girls
they could never have in high school.
Keavy and Mark Dudgeon, 2nd photo, (a former gay adult star) launched four high-end escort
agencies servicing the San Francisco bay area and the South Bay (Silicon Valley
and San Jose).
name of the agencies were ‘Business Class Escorts,’ ‘The Platinum Club,’
Premier Model Agency,’ and ‘The Men’s Club’ (a gay agency that catered to rich
and famous men).
and Dudgeon hired approximately 100 employees to work at their various agencies.
Over the next year, their client list included 15,000 names of corporate
raiders, celebrities, and athletes.
hourly fee ranged from $275 to $350 and the clients had encounters
with gorgeous women who resembled A-list actresses. The escorts brought Keavy
their credit card receipts and cash they collected during the previous week
and Keavy cut them each a check.
week, Keavy’s cut came to $30,000. Her gross income for each year was
$1.6 million. The site drop rotated each week among 4-star hotels in
demanded that the escorts dress businesslike and classy. Wear nylons and not
a hot summer night, an escort named Angel caught the attention of hotel security,
which detained her as she left the building because her attire was far from
classy. The police were called and this would launch an investigation into the
trailed Keavy in her silver four-door BMW and kept an eye on her San Mateo home.
the police busted Keavy, they confiscated her laptop computer and spent the
next few hours answering the phones, which were ringing non-stop. Men, some
famous and not so famous, were calling from all over the world, requesting sex
with and without condoms.
Keavy was being interrogated at police headquarters, her residence was being
raided in San Mateo. Cops confiscated a client database; booking logs, financial
records and $19,000 in credit card receipts and $170,000 in cash.
next day, headlines blared, “Million Dollar A Year Prostitution Ring Infiltrating
Silicon Valley And The Whole Bay Area.” The two alleged ringleaders; Keavy and
Dudgeon were arrested and booked on suspicion of pimping and pandering.
posted $30,000 bail the same day police booked her into Santa Clara
was shocked to learn that the police had taken $170,000 in cash out
of her home, the money had been stashed in envelopes and kept in a Louis Vuitton
travel bag and the phones that once rang off the hook were now disconnected.
To make matters worse, authorities froze her bank accounts.
checking into Keavy’s background, police discovered that Keavy began as a call
girl for what was then known as ‘J.B. Phillips Escorts.’ She soon graduated
to working as a booker.
didn’t make much as escorts ($4,000-$6,000 per month) and Keavy felt
this time, Keavy had decided to buy the business. The agency was owned by Steven
Muro; who once bragged that he was, “The Male Heidi Fleiss of the Bay Area.”
would have a maternal relationship with her girls. She discouraged them from
using drugs and even put one through rehab and she was a bridesmaid at one of
policy, the agency practiced a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding sex.
Escorts were hired as independent contractors and Keavy didn’t want to hear
specifics. The agencies made additional money by charging an $85 to $100
referral fee for each date.
Heidi Fleiss fell prey to the IRS. Keavy tried to be a taxpaying citizen. She
filed her income taxes on time by using the name of “Corporate Event Services.”
She also issued 1099 forms to the escorts at the end of each year.
also ran half-page ads in the yellow pages throughout the bay area, mainly,
in the northern cities that were lax on prostitution compared to the south bay
cities (Silicon Valley, San Jose). Former San Francisco district attorney Terrence
Hallinan once declared prostitution cases as a low priority but Silicon Valley
and San Jose were a different story because the south bay’s population was more
socially conservative. Keavy refused to run ads in the south bay yellow pages.
the first three years of operation, Keavy managed to avoid arousing the interest
of San Jose vice until the vice squad became wise to Keavy’s operation after
Angel was apprehended and questioned.
Keavy was released on bail, she found herself without any money, a business
or livelihood. To make matters worse, her business partner Mark Dudgeon decided
to testify against her for the prosecution to receive a lighter sentence.
didn’t have any major criminal history but he did have a sordid past, which
police accidentally discovered.
evidence, they seized hardcore X-rated videos with Dudgeon on the cover under
another identity. Dudgeon used the name Devon Rexman when he made porn movies.
toiled mostly in the gay porn bondage subculture. Dudgeon had appeared in at
least an half dozen adult movies.
told cops that he also use to work as an escort and that his first paid date
was with a physically disabled man. At first, the situation felt awkward but
as the hour went on he grew more comfortable.
also admitted to running the gay branch of the business, he also made hiring
recommendations to Keavy.
cops would arrest Keavy again, and hold her on a $3 million dollar
bond. Her lawyer argued that serial killer Wayne Ford, who walked into police
headquarters with the severed breast of one of his victims was held on just
$1 million dollar bail after he was arrested and charged with killing
other women who worked at Keavy’s agency were also arrested and brought in on
$250,000 warrants. Even women who had left the business more than a
year before were arrested.
grand jury would hand down an indictment of the madam and her staff.
would be convicted and sentenced to three years in a minimum-security prison.
is unbelievable about this case, only the female escorts were arrested and charged
and only the female employees (behind the scenes) were arrested and charged.
None of the male escorts who represented 20 percent of the business were even
called to testify, let alone face criminal charges.
Will Harper for “Metro Active.com”