Sex Work in the News 10/01-10/07

Women fearful after string of sexual assaults in NCCo

Delaware

When told police were looking for a knife-wielding man suspected of attacking five women whom he picked up along nearby roadsides since May, the women said they were terrified. But despite the last four attacks reportedly taking place over the past week, neither plans to stop getting into strange men’s cars to have sex for money.

Dayton to establish ‘no prostitution zones’

Ohio

Howington said prostitution is illegal throughout the city, but it’s difficult to make arrests due to Ohio law that requires police catch the person in the act. Establishing “no prostitution zones” gives police a way to get prostitutes off the street before they connect with customers, she said.

Government executive arrested in prostitution sting

Kansas

It’s a bit of a change from the prostitution stings we typically hear about. Often it’s police going after female prostitutes, but police said they also arrested seven men for soliciting sex in a different sting recently.

Four of the men arrested in the two stings were government employees.

Shawnee Police Make Prostitution Bust

Missouri

“It’s very scary to know this was next to us. I had no idea it was going on,” said Harvey.

Police wouldn’t say how many people were involved in the sting.

The case was handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Update: Massage worker arrested for prostitution

Indiana

Evansville Police say customers at an east side Evansville health spa were getting more than massages. After several weeks of surveillance, police raided the Oriental Day Spa at the corner of Green River Road and Covert Avenue, and charged a female employee with three counts of prostitution.

Sheriff counts on prostitution stings to help balance budget

Michigan

FLINT (AP) – The Genesee County sheriff is turning to prostitutes and their customers to help him balance the budget.

Sheriff Robert J. Pickell has told county commissioners that more than $41,000 will be raised in prostitution stings throughout the county, which includes Flint.

Police will seize the vehicles of men soliciting prostitutes and charge $900 to get the cars or trucks returned.

Female police employees used as decoys for prostitution sting

“They never made physical contact with the bad guy,” Powell said. “They told the bad guy that they needed to meet them around the block at a hotel.”
Powell said the women, who declined to speak to the Dothan Eagle because they worked undercover, were concerned with the impact of prostitution on Wiregrass families.

Controversial Stripper Issue Will Be On Ballot

Ohio

Ohio voters may very well be dazed and confused come Election Day. That’s because one controversial issue will be on the ballot, but your vote may not count.

Issue One seeks repeal of Ohio’s so-called Stripper Bill, which prohibits patrons from touching strippers and halts nude dancing after midnight. But supporters of the issue are working against the clock to get enough valid signatures to certify its placement on the ballot.

Police arrest six women in prostitution sweep

New York

Newburgh – City of Newburgh Police and the State Police CNET Unit conducted a prostitution sting in the evening hours of October 2 and arrested six women.

All six were released on their own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

Prostitution Sting in West Charlotte

North Carolina

Police conducted a huge prostitution bust in west Charlotte Wednesday night.

By the end of the operation, officers arrested 36 women.

The women who were walking the streets didn’t realized the men pulling up to the curb were undercover cops.

Red letters go out to the shameless

So it’s a bit scary to see the Birmingham City Council embrace member Carol Duncan’s plan to shame straight the city’s prostitutes and their johns.

Oh, maybe it will work. Maybe these people who have already been arrested, booked and fined for trying to buy sex in the city will be spurred by more humiliation to behave better.

Then we can shame burglars and bandits and murderers, too, even the politicians who violate the public trust or fail to file tidy campaign forms.

Ten plead guilty to prostitution

Mississippi

GULFPORT —

A small-time pimp and 9 of 11 women busted last week for offering curbside sex have pleaded guilty in a city court to prostitution charges.

Undercover vice officers launched a three-day sting into the $20 to $40 trysts that went on in customers’ cars on the streets of several Gulfport neighborhoods.

Lucinda Falconer, 52, and Jenny Johnson, 58 – pleaded not guilty and are due back in court next month.

According to Gulfport Municipal Court records, the other nine women were fined $200 each.

Alleged Prostitution Ring Shocks Irvine Residents

California

(CBS) IRVINE, Calif. Three women who allegedly posted ads for sex on an Internet site have been charged with counts of pimping and keeping a house of prostitution.

The three woman, all Los Angeles residents, allegedly advertised their services on Craigslist.com, and met the men in a two-bedroom unit at the Villa Coronado apartment homes in Irvine, authorities said.

Bail set for daughter of Funny Cide owner arrested in prostitution sting

New York

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Bail has been set at $15,000 for Wendy Cook, the Saratoga woman arrested Monday in an undercover prostitution sting in Schenectady, NY. Cook is the daughter of Jack Knowlton, who is one of the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

Male Stripper Performs at Baby Shower in South Bay City Hall

Florida

SOUTH BAY, FL — Members of a Florida city commission say they’re outraged by what went on in their meeting chambers over the weekend. A South Bay city employee allowed a group to use the council chambers for a baby shower, but the event turned into a raucous party.

Now, South Bay city commissioners are demanding answers after a raunchy video tape showing a male stripper performing at the party has surfaced. South Bay Parks and Recreation Director Charles Inman admits that he allowed the group to use the commission chambers after accidentally double-booking the shower and another event at another city facility.

Chicago Man Sues after Prostitution Arrest

Illinois

It was Rocio Palacios who first noticed the woman who appeared to need help.

It was 8 a.m. when she and her husband, Erasmo, dropped their 6-year-old daughter off at school and had picked up their 22-year-old daughter to go out for breakfast when they saw the woman waving her arms at 53rd Street and Kedzie Avenue last November.

The Palacioses, of Chicago, claim the woman approached their car, parked outside Manolo’s restaurant, leaned in to the passenger side where Rocio was sitting and asked Erasmo if he wanted oral sex for $20 or sex for $25.

The couple laughed, realizing this wasn’t a woman in distress after all.

But within seconds, Chicago police swarmed the family car, hauling Erasmo Palacios out in handcuffs. He was charged with solicitation of a prostitute .

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