Alleged Asian sex tour operator arrested

An online tour operator whose website advertises “unforgettable vacations” to “a single man’s paradise” in southeast Asia has been arrested on a prostitution charge.

Douglas Allen of Poughkeepsie  (left), the operator of Big Apple Oriental Tours was arraigned in White Plains City Court this morning on one count of third-degree promoting prostitution, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Allen, 66,  was arrested last week after chatting nearly four months with someone he thought was a customer but was in fact an investigator with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

The investigator contacted Allen through Big Apple Oriental Tours, in August, saying he wanted to go overseas to have sex for money, according to the DA’s office. The undercover officer then met Allen several times to pay for the $2,500 trip, prosecutors said, and explained the trip like this:

The “customer” would fly from New York to Hong Kong, then to  Manilla in The Philippines. An escort would then bring him to Angeles City, an area about 40 miles north of Manilla that is known for strip clubs, where the escort would help the “customer” meet eligible women.

Allen allegedly told the undercover officer that he would have to negotiate with the women about what sex acts they would perform before they left the bar. Allen also is accused of telling the undercover officer that if he found a woman he like, he should keep her for the rest of his stay in The Philippines.

Allen’s website carries a disclaimer that says, “BAO Tours does not sell illegal sex tours we would never invite you to do something that runs any risk of you having any problems with the authorities while overseas on vacation.”

Allen was arrested on Dec. 3. He is due back in White Plains court on Friday. Allen was ordered to surrender his driver’s license and passport.

He was being held on $10,000 bail.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.