California judge allows bail for operators

The operators of an international website advertising escort services will be allowed to post bail while they await trial on charges of pimping by trafficking prostitutes, a California judge decided Thursday.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman ruled after a secret hearing that the operators have enough assets that are not tied to the website, which California authorities allege are ill-gotten gains that should not be used to post bail.

The California attorney general's office charges that the website brought in millions of dollars each month through thinly disguised online advertisements for commercial sex, some involving minors.