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FL mom was mistaken for alleged prostitute

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

POMPANO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Paola Londono ran into her husband's arms Monday night after spending two days at a Broward County detention facility.

Turns out, those 48 terrifying hours were all caused by a clerical error in Osceola County.

There are two women by the name of Paola Londono in Central Florida.

One failed to go to court for prostitution and drug running charges.

The other Paola, an Orlando-area mom with relatives in Palm Beach County, was in the system for a traffic violation. When the clerk entered the warrant information for the prostitution case, she entered the woman cited for a traffic infraction.

The end result: A house wife was arrested for being an alleged prostitute as she returned from a week-long cruise with her husband and 9-month-old son at Port Everglades over the weekend.

"I get off the ship like that with everybody looking at me. We made so many friends because of my baby, so it made it even worse with all these people looking at me," said Londono.

Broward authorities say they had no choice but to keep her behind bars because they didn't have access to fingerprints over the labor day weekend that would have proven it wasn't her.

"A lot of times when we arrest someone, they say, 'You've got the wrong person,' and generally, it turns out not to be true," said Broward Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal.

Londono's attorney Jose Baez says the mug shots alone should have proven her innocence. "Someone in Broward County should have taken the initiative to try to assist this woman and no one did," he added.

Paola's new concern is that she's in the final stages of getting her U.S. citizenship. She's hoping this won't come back and hurt her case.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says she can ask a judge to expunge it from the record, wiping away her stay at the Broward County Jail.

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