On Thursday, a 60-year-old woman was federally indicted on charges related to her escort business that investigators say became a front for prostitution. The woman, Saundra Lacy, had an escort service license with Wichita, which is legal. Investigators said she illegally required her escorts to perform sexual acts if the customers asked.

Eyewitness News had some questions related to the escort service license the city continually issued to her business, Jessie's Primetime Entertainment. Getting answers did not turn out to be easy.

According to Chapter 3.07 of the Code of the City, an escort service is, “any person who, for a fee, commission, profit, payment or other monetary consideration furnishes, refers, or offers to furnish or refer escorts. It is also any person who provides or offers to introduce patrons to escorts, or arranges for escorts to accompany patrons to or about social affairs, places of entertainment or amusement, about any place of public resort or within any private quarters.”

Captain Jeff Weible who works for the Special Investigations Bureau of the Wichita Police Department said Wichita passed the ordinance to allow the licenses on February 15, 1994. The city reported over the past 10 years, it has brought in a total of $9,905 from escort service fees. Each business has to pay $500 annually for the license. Individuals wanting a license have to pay $100 annually. The most money came in 2005 totaling $3,000. After that year, the totals ranged from $500 a year to $1,500 a year. The city reported in 2006, it made $405, which was an odd year because the city reprinted some licenses and refunded money after an application was denied. So far in 2014, the city has not approved any licenses, therefore not bringing in any money.

When someone applies for an escort service license, it has to be approved by the city council. Councilmembers can decide to discuss certain applications, but if not, there is no discussion during a city council meeting. Eyewitness News found that FBI investigators were looking into Lacy’s bank accounts in 2012 and the feds had filed a motion to seize one of Lacy’s accounts in October of 2012. Yet, Lacy’s business, Jessie’s Primetime Entertainment, was able to get a license from the city in February of 2013.

Eyewitness News reached out to members of city council, but not one said they would speak on camera. When we contacted the city council clerk, she said no members wanted to talk about the licenses. Devon Fasbinder was able to track down District Five Councilmember Jeff Longwell and he said over the phone he wants some answers. He said in the past, there have been discussions related to the escort service license issues, but he wants to talk to the legal department for the city. He said he wants to know why the ordinance isn’t more restrictive and why the city allows the licenses at all.

The City of Wichita told Eyewitness News to only speak with Weible regarding the licenses. Because Lacy is now indicted, Weible said he could not comment on anything related to Lacy’s case under department policy. But he said he could talk about the licenses in a general matter.

Weible said the license does not allow for any sexual activity and engaging in those services would be unlawful. Lacy’s alleged actions related to being a front for prostitution would not fall under the rules of the license. Weible said police are taking a different approach to finding illegal activity since they are seeing fewer license applications and other means of advertising.

Weible said police have looked on websites like BackPage and CraigsList for advertisements that could imply illegal activity. He said police officers conduct proactive stings as well to aid in finding illegal endeavors.