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Cash is no longer king.

IMO it still is. What with all the bank fee’s, credit card fee’s, fee’s to do this and that with YOUR money. Be that as it may, hookers are (actually have been for awhile) using gift cards more and more. It’s a good idea. Flashing a plastic card is better than flashing a wad of money and easier to carry and less suspect if you happen to have a run in with Uncle Blue. You can still pay your bills and buy your groceries. I don’t know of any crack dealers that accept American Express though.

Uncle Blue has caught up. Here is the story:

“Instead of having a bunch of cash around, they have a handful of gift cards,” Moon police Chief Leo McCarthy said. “You automatically believe cash is an ill-gotten gain. But if you see a couple of gift cards, you might not think twice. It’s just another game people play.” (It’s not a game we enjoy playing… trust me.)

“It’s becoming more difficult to find cash on them,” North Fayette police Chief Jeffrey Falconer said.

Gift cards, sometimes called stored-value cards, easily are obtained and can be reloaded with amounts of money, McCarthy said. Visa, MasterCard and American Express issue the most popular types, he said.

In 2006, the Justice Department warned that prepaid gift cards make ideal instruments for money laundering from illegal activity with little risk of discovery and seizure by police. (Oh lovely, now a gift card is going to be used as ‘evidence’ of prostitution).

“The ones we’re working are still using cash, but (gift cards) may be next the next trend,” Findlay police Chief Jesse Lesko said. “They don’t like to give up the $5,000 or $6,000 they earned over a weekend.” (Holy CRAP, I’m in the wrong town!)

Pittsburgh police have not noticed an increase of gift cards on prostitution suspects. (Then what is the point of this story?)

“But, it definitely would make sense. In general, they would think it wouldn’t be as suspect as having a large amount of cash,” said Cmdr. Cheryl Doubt, who heads the bureau’s narcotics and vice division. “They’re smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.” (Ass…)

Moon police made one prostitution arrest from 2004 through 2007, but made 111 since — including 54 last year and 18 so far this year.

Departments along the Airport Corridor often work together as a “mini-task force,” McCarthy said. If they aren’t responding to specific complaints from hoteliers, detectives usually start investigations on the Internet.

“We could be up there everyday, to be honest,” Falconer said. “They’ll always be there. It’s the oldest profession, but we’re being more proactive.” (*eyeroll* No you’re not. Pro-active is finding solutions, not spitting people through a revolving door. The only thing you are being pro-active in is further exploitation of these women by arresting them, fining them, and letting them go so that you can arrest them and fine them again to fill up your piddly ass budget.)

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WARNING for prostitutes in Tennessee

Possible Serial Killer Targeting Prostitutes

 

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Woman dies while police are on prostitution sting elsewhere.

We’ve heard the arguments before. The idea that violent crimes are going on while cops are sitting around waiting to bust consenting adults in a sexual business transaction. We can easily imagine this happening. Here is a case where it did happen:

Police Officers refused to attend fatal stabbing

Police received an emergency call at 0011 GMT on 18 January 2010 from Ms Webster’s home where screaming and shouting could be heard, and two minutes later it was confirmed that someone had been stabbed.

The two officers should have been working on an anti-prostitution operation in Northampton town centre, but at 0012 GMT and 0015 GMT a GPS device in one of their radios placed them in the immediate vicinity of the stabbing incident.

The control room requested the officers attend the incident as they were closest.

However, the officer who answered the request refused to do so saying they were on an operation and their inspector would not want them to leave their assigned duties.

Because of their refusal, an officer patrolling alone in the Towcester area responded and arrived at about 0029 GMT.

Only then could the paramedic, who had to wait near the scene for police to arrive, enter the house and treat Ms Webster.

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Legal sex trade in Singapore. What the US doesn’t ‘get’.

In Singapore, Sex Business is Booming

…the US State Department downgraded Singapore in its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The report said some women from China, the Philippines and Thailand were tricked into coming to the city-state with promises of legitimate employment and then coerced into the sex trade after arrival.

Singapore authorities issued an indignant reply, saying their efforts to curb trafficking had not slackened and asking the US government to look at its own immigration record before commenting on other countries’ situations.

Local women’s rights activist Braema Mathi advocates protection of prostitutes in Singapore and closer regulation of the industry.

“All we want is for the women to be protected and not judge them for the work that they have decided to take on,” she told AFP.

“We believe that one of the better ways to protect women is to ensure that they work in licensed brothels, where there is a fee structure and condoms,” Mathi added.

“This way the women can be protected from exploitation and from succumbing to diseases.”

With a regulated sex industry, Singapore authorities can turn their attention to women forced into prostitution, she said.

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Paid companion or prostitute?

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“As far as I was concerned, it was a date of companionship that went wrong,” she said. “I did not accept any cash, did not see any cash, and I didn’t even touch the other person.”

And thus a conundrum. Everyone thinks they may KNOW whats going on but according to the law, there has to be an actual crime – not just a “oh yea right” attitude. If she did not ‘agree, offer, or engage’ in a sexual act for a fee then she is not guilty. Period.

According to this other story on the same subject:

The Classy Cissy website features photo galleries showing Winter in provocative poses and lists her rates starting at $400 for a one-hour appointment. Several pages on the website provide information about her life. “No overnights available… have to get up and have fun running a restaurant,” reads a selection on Classy Cissy’s rates page. “What ever was I thinking?”

The same page notes that she lives in Shelby. A page listing the services clients can request states that Cissy has a nursing degree from Gardner-Webb University and has worked in the nursing field for seven years.

Classy Cissy provides “upscale companionship,” for “upscale white gentlemen 38 and over only,” her website states, and clients are expected to be discreet and courteous. An etiquette page provides detailed payment instructions.

“Please place your donation in the bathroom and I will excuse myself to freshen up at the beginning of our date,” Classy Cissy writes. “This makes me feel more like a lady and gets the business part out of the way so we can enjoy our date. Pre-counted and in a plain white envelope is always a nice touch. Cards are nice too! Leave the envelope open.”

Cissy is an outcall escort, according to her website, meaning she travels to meet her clients at their homes or other locations and doesn’t host clients at her residence. The website states that she’s available for appointments in Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory, Morganton and Gaffney and Spartanburg, S.C.

Rates start at $400 for a one-hour appointment, available only to “previous clients or friends,” according to the website. For new clients, Cissy offers a three and a half-hour “dinner and dessert” special. Clients are expected to buy dinner — “at least an appetizer and a drink.”

The website was down after the arrest but reading through this description, I see no sexual services offered. I don’t even see GFE listed. Where is the offer? According to her there was also no agreement. Apparently they didn’t engage in any activity either. Are laws allowed to be open for interpretation? The “she might not have said or done this but we know what she means”? If that’s the case everyone of us could be arrested for what other people think we are doing, whether it’s proved or not.

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Cops Need Love Too!

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Shreveport Police investigators received information over the past several weeks a police officer was involved in the solicitation of prostitution, Police Spokesman Sgt. Bill Goodin said.Undercover vice agents with the department’s Office of Special Investigations were notified and investigated the allegations, Goodin said.

Agents obtained an arrest warrant charging the suspect, 25-year-old Jecarlous Colbert, with one count of solicitation of prostitution. Colbert was off-duty when the alleged offense occurred, Goodin said.

At least this guy was off duty. I wonder who snitched?

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LE has sex with prostitute prior to arresting her.

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…the Sandy Springs detective told the woman she was under arrest.”But we had sex,” the woman said. “Can you do that?”

According to the story, an informal survey of other LE personnel reported that what the officer did crossed the line. Most prostitution laws state a crime is committed if the person “agrees, offers, OR engages” in the conduct – meaning that having actual sex is not necessary to arrest a person for prostitution.

However, Charles Olson, the general counsel of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, told the SSPD in an e-mail in Sept. 2008 that other cases from around the country indicated “what your officers did is a legitimate investigative technique.”

Indicating that Mr. Olson agrees that it is ok to be paid (the officer is on duty) to have sex with a prostitute. Does anyone else have a problem with this or do you also think it is ok?

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