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Ponderosa owner speaks out after prostitution allegations

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Accusations linking a Wausau motel to a child prostitution ring have the owner speaking out.

Rajshree Patel denies that rooms at the Ponderosa Motel can be rented out by minors. Police reports pinpoint the motel as one of the locations where 17-year-old prostitutes did their work.

But Patel said since each rental has two entryways, there's no guarantee that managers would see everyone entering the rooms.

"If they bring somebody from outside, we don't know who they're bringing in," said Patel. "But they person who checks in, they are over 18. So we don't rent the room out to under-aged."

Patel said they have surveillance cameras inside the motel's lobby, but not outside each individual room. The Ponderosa Motel has been open for about 18 years under its current ownership.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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