Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two ageing professors accused of running a sophisticated prostitution web site appeared to have one goal: they wanted to create a place where respected men like themselves could go for sex without having to worry about getting caught up in street stings.

The web site, ‘Southwest Companions', featured ‘weather reports' about police vice stings, training videos on what to do if members were caught, and information on the prostitutes, including prices and star performance rankings from other members, said police.

The site had 1,400 members, including former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia, 71, who faces charges of promoting prostitution, conspiracy and tampering with evidence. David C. Flory, 68, a physics professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, is suspected of buying the site in 2009. He faces 40 charges of promoting prostitution.