Courts & Crime

Sex slavery just latest violation at Florida clubs tied to felon

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An entrepreneur with a history of shady dealings in the nightclub industry capitalized on a state regulator's lackluster oversight to open bars and a strip club in Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post found.

The nightspots, concentrated along a stretch of Military Trail between Forest Hill Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, long have been associated with violence, crime and controversy.

The latest lurid story to unfold at a club run by Anthony Genovese, 33, turns on the suffering of two sisters who were smuggled here from Honduras, pressed into sex slavery and forced to dance for men at the El Rancho Sports Bar and Restaurant.

The El Rancho never would have opened if officials at the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco had discovered that Genovese, a felon who denies owning the clubs, had an interest in the business.

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