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gov. inslee lowers bar to clear prostitution convictions


current washington law doesn’t allow victims to vacate prostitution convictions if other crimes exist on their criminal record, which has proved to be rare in most trafficking cases.olympia — the governor has signed a bill into law that would allow victims of sex trafficking to clear a prostitution conviction even if they’ve committed other crimes as a result of being trafficked.“this is important in our fight against human trafficking because it removes a significant barrier to leaving prostitution,” gov. jay inslee said at the bill signing ceremony tuesday.current law doesn’t allow victims to vacate prostitution convictions if other crimes exist on their criminal record, which has proved to be rare in most trafficking cases.the new measure states any motion filed to vacate a prostitution






fbi arrest cornelius lykes, aka premo finesse in human trafficking ring all alon


share thistagsfloridaforced into prostitutiongreenvillegreenville south carolinahuman traffickinglegal prostitutionorlandoprostituteprostitutionprostitution stingsex slavesex slavessex traffickingsouth carolinaa greenville, south carolina man is accused of promoting prostitution, facilitating prostitution activity in locations throughout the east coast and faces several charges including human trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, according to alphonso norris with the federal bureau of investigations.authorities identified cornelius shontea lyles, a.k.a. premo finesse, 38, as a central figure in their investigation and man is now facing charges of human trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; transportation of another for the purpose of prostitution; coercion and enticement for the pu






glenview woman charged with running brothel out of maine township apartment, pol


a glenview woman is accused of running a brothel out of a suburban apartment building following an investigation by the cook county sheriff's police and department of homeland security.maria lopez, 49, of glenview, was charged with promoting prostitution, a felony, on june 27, cook county sheriff's police said in a press release.according to police, lopez was arrested at an apartment on the 10000 block of holly lane in unincorporated maine township — an apartment authorities say was being used as a brothel.the apartment is located within a complex that is about two blocks west of the illinois state police district 3 headquarters.police on june 27 also made arrests at two chicago locations where prostitution was allegedly taking place.cook county sheriffsalomon diaz.salomon diaz. (cook coun






two aurora women charged with prostitution


two aurora women were charged sunday with prostitution.doreen kephart, 49, 600 block of south river street, aurora, was charged with prostitution at 7:11 p.m. sunday on the 0-99 block of south lincoln avenue, aurora police said.also on sunday, linda owens, 56, 600 block of south river street, aurora, was charged with prostitution at 7:01 p.m. on the 200 block of west galena boulevard, aurora police said.erika wurst is a freelance reporter for the beacon-news






nine arrested in undercover pomona prostitution sting


an undercover operation in pomona resulted in nine arrests thursday in connection with prostitution, authorities said.pomona police and the los angeles county probation department conducted the operation on pomona’s holt avenue, a corridor known for prostitution. uniformed and undercover officers were involved in the arrests, which took place around 4 p.m. thursday.“the ‘holt corridor’ is frequently the target of illegal activities such as human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, and solicitation for prostitution,” according to a pomona police department statement about the arrests. “the operation was conducted in response to numerous complaints received from residents and local business owners.”those arrested range in age from 20 to 57, and come from pomona, montclair, upland and ontario






nine arrested in undercover pomona prostitution sting


an undercover operation in pomona resulted in nine arrests thursday in connection with prostitution, authorities said.pomona police and the los angeles county probation department conducted the operation on pomona’s holt avenue, a corridor known for prostitution. uniformed and undercover officers were involved in the arrests, which took place around 4 p.m. thursday.“the ‘holt corridor’ is frequently the target of illegal activities such as human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, and solicitation for prostitution,” according to a pomona police department statement about the arrests. “the operation was conducted in response to numerous complaints received from residents and local business owners.”those arrested range in age from 20 to 57, and come from pomona, montclair, upland and ontario






fbi confirms investigation into oklahoma state senator


oklahoma city — the fbi in oklahoma city has confirmed it is investigating a republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.fbi spokeswoman jessica rice confirmed monday that her agency served a search warrant friday at the oklahoma city home of sen. ralph shortey. rice said she could not provide any more details because of a "sensitive ongoing investigation."no federal charges have been filed against shortey.state prosecutors charged shortey last week with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. he was released on a $100,000 bond.court records don't show whether shortey has retained an attorney, and he hasn't responded






8 charged in weekend 'prostitution operation' by naperville police


a georgia woman was charged friday with prostitution in unincorporated dupage county near willowbrook, after detectives from the sheriff's office conducted an undercover investigation at the pine tree spa, 10s648 route 83.they arrested three women and charged them with unlicensed massage therapy:...






woman arrested after second prostitution investigation at lake villa spa: offici


a 60-year-old antioch woman faces prostitution charges in connection with her actions at the lilly spa, the second arrest there on such charges since october, authorities said.son o. reandeau, 60, of the 1000 block of main street, antioch, was charged with one count of prostitution, a class a misdemeanor, on may 17, according to a sheriff's office statement.she was arrested at the spa, 36735 n. route 83 in unincorporated lake villa, after she allegedly offered to perform sexual acts on an undercover detective, sgt. christopher covelli said."this was a specific case that was initiated due to a complaint in the community due to the possibility of prostitution there," covelli said. "this is the second time we've conducted a prostitution investigation at that facility."in october, sheriff depu






oklahoma lawmaker surrenders on child prostitution charges


oklahoma prosecutors on thursday filed child prostitution charges against a republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.ralph shortey, 35, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. his bond was set at $100,000."i have no comment at this time, but i will soon," shortey told television reporters as he arrived at the cleveland county jail to surrender.court records don't show if he had retained an attorney.moore police said that acting on a tip from the teen's father, officers went to the super 8 hotel last week and smelled marijuana coming from a room. they found shortey and the teen alone inside.a search of the teen's table






caught in the life: the business of prostitution


we're beginning this particular morning with a candid look at what is euphemistically known as the oldest profession. although prostitution is condemned and outlawed almost everywhere in our country, some say the effectiveness of those laws may call for a second look. lee cowan reports our cover story: it was like any monday evening in seattle. the emerald city sparkled, mt. rainier hovered in the distance, and along aurora avenue, business was booming. every city has its underbelly, where sex is bought and sold. advocates for women engaged in sex work are promoting new approaches to the age-old profession, from targeting customers rather than prostitutes for arrest, to decriminalization. cbs news arrests are being made, but what might surprise you it's just who's being arrested.  it's not






27 cited in prostitution crackdown


san jose — more than two-dozen people were issued criminal citations in connection with a targeted neighborhood crackdown on prostitution-related activity over the past week, according to san jose police.in response to a bevy of community complaints, the san jose police department’s metro special-enforcement unit conducted an undercover sting aimed at driving out activity that residents lamented were a blight to the neighborhood surrounding south first and oak streets in the city’s washington neighborhood.“we want our community to know that we listen to their concerns and have implemented a plan to aggressively combat prostitution in san jose,” sgt. enrique garcia said. “we also want to send a clear message to anyone involved in this type of criminal activity that san jose police will cont






oklahoma lawmaker faces child prostitution charge


oklahoma prosecutors on thursday filed child prostitution charges against a republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.ralph shortey, 35, is charged in cleveland county with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. an arrest warrant was issued for him.lt. gov. todd lamb issued a statement thursday calling on his fellow republican to resign so that the people of his oklahoma city district can move forward with a new state senator.shortey, a conservative republican from southern oklahoma city, hasn't replied to several phone messages seeking comment, and court records don't show if he has retained an attorney.police in moore, okla., said that acting on a tip fr






s.f., east bay men arrested in prostitution sting – the mercury news


hayward — an undercover prostitution operation last month led police and a county law enforcement task force to arrest eight east bay men and a san francisco man, authorities said tuesday.members of the alameda county vice enforcement team, including members of the county’s probation department, the department of homeland security, and oakland and hayward police departments, carried out the operation, which focused on male customers of prostitution, from noon to 10 p.m. april 27 at a hayward motel, hayward police said.after the task force placed an online ad, nine men agreed to meet a woman at that motel for sex but instead encountered an undercover hayward police detective.jonathan alvarado of san francisco, rodolfo gonzalez of richmond, cristian perez of union city, jose rivas of newark,






oakland officer in court to face prostitution-related charges – the mercury news


oakland — just two weeks after one former oakland police officer was ordered to stand trial on prostitution-related charges, a second oakland officer faces a judge thursday for preliminary hearing in an unrelated prostitution case.ryan walterhouse is accused of trading confidential police information for sex with a woman in 2016, weeks after several of his oakland police colleagues were arrested, fired or otherwise disciplined in connection with a law enforcement sex exploitation scandal centered around the teenage daughter of an oakland police dispatcher who formerly went by the name celeste guap.last month, former oakland officer brian bunton, 41, was ordered to stand trial on one felony and one misdemeanor charges related to the teenager after she testified that he told her about an und






lawyer facing prostitution case says he's sexual bias victim


lincoln, neb. — a nebraska lawyer who is claiming sexual discrimination after being accused of soliciting prostitution was denied a request by a judge for police records about any women who might have been let off or offered pretrial diversion on that charge.vincent valentino, 67, was among 12 males arrested last summer during a prostitution sting in lincoln. he pleaded not guilty.at a hearing monday, his lawyer argued that valentino's arrest was sexually discriminatory. valentino and his attorney had asked the court to order prosecutors to provide records of any lancaster county prosecutions of anyone other than males for soliciting prostitution between june 1, 2015, and jan. 1 of this year, the lincoln journal star reported (http://bit.ly/2rlh4xc ).valentino also alleged in court documen






city of greeley agrees to pay woman $150,000 to settle federal lawsuit against f


a little more than a year after a greeley masseuse was found not guilty of prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution, she is set to receive a $150,000 settlement from the city of greeley.ping wang was arrested on suspicion of prostitution and running a place of prostitution out of her massage business in february 2015. a jury found her not guilty of those charges a year later. two months later, she filed a case in civil court, in which she claimed greeley police detective jared weeks blatantly lied in the affidavit for her arrest.the greeley city council voted late tuesday to pay wang as part of a settlement agreement she reached with the city. as part of the agreement, the city of greeley admits no fault in the case. tribune efforts to reach weeks for comment were not immediately s






san jose neighborhood bands together to push out prostitution


san jose — a war is being waged against the world’s oldest profession in a small working-class neighborhood south of downtown that authorities have dubbed “ground zero” for prostitution in the city.and by several accounts, the tide is turning in favor of residents who were once too frightened to venture outside after dark. “this is ground zero for prostitution in san jose,” said santa clara county deputy district attorney josue fuentes about the guadalupe-washington neighborhood that is bounded by interstate 280, south 1st street, willow street and highway 87. fuentes estimates that more than 80 percent of the city’s street-level prostitution happens in the area, extending south along 1st street to west alma avenue.central to the 2-year-old effort to reclaim the streets are a revitalized n






ralph shortey, oklahoma senator, faces child prostitution charges


oklahoma city -- oklahoma prosecutors on thursday filed child prostitution charges against republican state sen. ralph shortey after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.shortey, 35, is charged in cleveland county with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. an arrest warrant was issued for him.shortey, a conservative republican from south oklahoma city, hasn’t replied to several phone messages seeking comment, and court records don’t show if he has retained an attorney yet.playvideovideooklahoma state senator found with teenage boy in motel police in an oklahoma city suburb found a man with a teenage boy in a motel room. officers found condoms and lotion in the room, and the man's id






ralph shortey, oklahoma senator, faces child prostitution charges


oklahoma city -- oklahoma prosecutors on thursday filed child prostitution charges against republican state sen. ralph shortey after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.shortey, 35, is charged in cleveland county with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. an arrest warrant was issued for him.shortey, a conservative republican from south oklahoma city, hasn’t replied to several phone messages seeking comment, and court records don’t show if he has retained an attorney yet.playvideovideooklahoma state senator found with teenage boy in motel police in an oklahoma city suburb found a man with a teenage boy in a motel room. officers found condoms and lotion in the room, and the man's id






ralph shortey, oklahoma senator, faces child prostitution charges


oklahoma city -- oklahoma prosecutors on thursday filed child prostitution charges against republican state sen. ralph shortey after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.shortey, 35, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. police said the incident happened 936 feet from the first christian church in the oklahoma city suburb of moore, cbs affiliate kwtv reports.shortey’s bond was set at $100,000.“i have no comment at this time but i will soon,” shortey told television reporters as he arrived at the cleveland county jail to surrender. news9.com - oklahoma city, ok - news, weather, video and sports | court records don’t show if he had retained a






oklahoma lawmaker charged with child prostitution resigns


oklahoma city (ap) — an oklahoma legislator charged with hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex resigned on wednesday, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction to his fellow lawmakers.republican sen. ralph shortey was arrested last week on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. the 35-year-old married father submitted a resignation letter to the senate and gop gov. mary fallin that said he would step down immediately.“i appreciate the service the men and women of the oklahoma senate provide, and i recognize the need for the business of the senate to proceed without distraction for the remainder of the legislative session,” shortey said in the letter.oklahoma’s most prominent republican leaders ha






california lawmakers want to repeal hiv criminalization laws


sacramento, calif. — exposing a person to hiv is treated more seriously under california law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease, a policy some lawmakers say is a relic of the decades-old aids scare that unfairly punishes hiv-positive people based on outdated science.several lawmakers are promoting a bill by state sen. scott wiener, d-san francisco, that would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to intentionally expose someone to hiv, the virus that causes the immune system-weakening disease aids. the change would treat hiv like other communicable diseases under california law.under current law, if a person who knows they are infected with hiv has unprotected sex without telling their partner they have the virus, they can be convicted of a felony and face years






spanish police: sex ring exploited minor billed as 'virgin'


madrid — spanish police says they have freed a 16-year-old girl who was being advertised by an alleged prostitution ring as a virgin and have made seven arrests.police said saturday that the ring was based in the southern resort town of marbella.the investigation was triggered by an anonymous tip sent by email to police.the tip led police to find that the underage girl was being advertised on a prostitution website that claimed she was 18. police say she was advertised as a virgin, with a price of 5,000 euros ($5,300).






oklahoma lawmaker charged with child prostitution resigns


oklahoma city — an oklahoma legislator charged with hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex resigned on wednesday, saying he didn't want to be a distraction to his fellow lawmakers.republican sen. ralph shortey was arrested last week on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. the 35-year-old married father submitted a resignation letter to the senate and gop gov. mary fallin that said he would step down immediately."i appreciate the service the men and women of the oklahoma senate provide, and i recognize the need for the business of the senate to proceed without distraction for the remainder of the legislative session."oklahoma's most prominent republican leaders had called for his resignation afte






four men charged with traveling to aurora to have sex with minor


two aurora women were charged sunday with prostitution.doreen kephart, 49, 600 block of south river street, aurora, was charged with prostitution at 7:11 p.m. sunday on the 0-99 block of south lincoln avenue, aurora police said.also on sunday, linda owens, 56, 600 block of south river street,...two aurora women were charged sunday with prostitution.doreen kephart, 49, 600 block of south river street, aurora, was charged with prostitution at 7:11 p.m. sunday on the 0-99 block of south lincoln avenue, aurora police said.also on sunday, linda owens, 56, 600 block of south river street,... (erika wurst)






kids in california could again be arrested for prostitution under southern calif


it earned a “pants on fire: the statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim” rating from politifact’s truth-o-meter, but state assemblyman travis allen, r-huntington beach, has stuck to his guns.california legalized child prostitution when it decriminalized child prostitution, he said in december, vowing to repeal a new law that treats kids ensnared in the sex trade as victims rather than as criminals.to that end, allen has introduced assembly bill 1402, to the horror of many victims’ advocates. it would re-criminalize prostitution for those under age 18, meaning kids who are trafficked by pimps and sexually assaulted by johns could again be arrested and swept into the criminal justice system.it would obliterate a new law by sen. holly j. mitchell, d-los angeles, that assigns “u






2 conn. men charged for human trafficking ring linked to young men with mental h


danbury, conn. -- two connecticut men were arrested thursday in connection with a danbury-based human trafficking ring that police say exploited young men with mental health issues, delivering them to wealthy clients to have sex for money. danbury police and the new haven office of the fbi said they believe the ring may have been operating for decades. authorities arrested 63-year-old bruce bemer of glastonbury and 71-year-old william trefzger of westport, charging them each with patronizing a trafficked person. both were being held on $500,000 bonds. robert king of danbury had previously been arrested in the case and charged with promoting prostitution and witness tampering in connection to the investigation.the hartford courant reports bemer admitted to investigators in court documents t






3 college students locked up after prostitution sting in fla.


miami – three college students are behind bars following a prostitution sting in coral gables, cbs miami reports.“you are arrested for engaging in prostitution,” judge mindy glazer said in court thursday.samara charlotin, 19, and acacia friedman, 23, might look like innocent young girls, but police accuse them of being high-priced prostitutes.acacia friedman and samara charlotin facebook/acacia friedman according to the arrest report, maury noun orchestrated the deal that brought police into the picture.noun met with an undercover officer at the hotel colonnade’s restaurant where they would discuss the terms.the report states noun would receive $3,000 for brokering the deal and it would be $5,000 for sex with both girls.after the officer paid noun his fee, the 21-year-old brought charlotin






3 college students locked up after prostitution sting in fla.


miami – three college students are behind bars following a prostitution sting in coral gables, cbs miami reports.“you are arrested for engaging in prostitution,” judge mindy glazer said in court thursday.samara charlotin, 19, and acacia friedman, 23, might look like innocent young girls, but police accuse them of being high-priced prostitutes.acacia friedman and samara charlotin facebook/acacia friedman according to the arrest report, maury noun orchestrated the deal that brought police into the picture.noun met with an undercover officer at the hotel colonnade’s restaurant where they would discuss the terms.the report states noun would receive $3,000 for brokering the deal and it would be $5,000 for sex with both girls.after the officer paid noun his fee, the 21-year-old brought charlotin






fbi, secret service join investigation of oklahoma senator


oklahoma city — the fbi and u.s. secret service in oklahoma city both confirmed monday they have joined an investigation of a republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.the fbi conducted a search on friday of the oklahoma city home of sen. ralph shortey, fbi spokeswoman jessica rice confirmed."unfortunately i cannot provide any more details as this is a sensitive ongoing investigation," rice said.the u.s. secret service also is assisting in the investigation at the request of the moore police department, said ken valentine, special agent in charge of the agency's oklahoma city office."where we have expertise, be it in cyber or electronics, that we can assist them with, then we do," valentine said.no fede






deputy minn. commerce commissioner out of job after arrest in st. paul prostitut


a deputy commissioner with the minnesota department of commerce was out of a job wednesday after being arrested tuesday during a prostitution sting in st. paul.michael shane deal, 46, of litchfield, minn., was booked into the ramsey county jail at 3:02 p.m. tuesday on suspicion of having committed a gross misdemeanor, soliciting prostitution, according to a police report.on wednesday, deal’s “appointment with the commerce department has ended, effective immediately,” according to a statement from state commerce commissioner mike rothman. rothman appointed sarah butler as acting deputy commissioner for financial institutions, a position in which deal had served for more than three years.st. paul police spokesman steve linders said dean was arrested during an undercover detail aimed at the d






deputy minn. commerce commissioner out of job after arrest in st. paul prostitut


a deputy commissioner with the minnesota department of commerce was out of a job wednesday after being arrested tuesday during a prostitution sting in st. paul.michael shane deal, 46, of litchfield, minn., was booked into the ramsey county jail at 3:02 p.m. tuesday on suspicion of having committed a gross misdemeanor, soliciting prostitution, according to a police report.on wednesday, deal's "appointment with the commerce department has ended, effective immediately," according to a statement from state commerce commissioner mike rothman. rothman appointed sarah butler as acting deputy commissioner for financial institutions, a position in which deal had served for more than three years.st. paul police spokesman steve linders said dean was arrested during an undercover detail aimed at the d






deputy minn. commerce commissioner fired after being arrested in st. paul prosti


a deputy commissioner with the minnesota department of commerce was out of a job wednesday after being arrested tuesday during a prostitution sting in st. paul.michael shane deal, 46, of litchfield, minn., was booked into the ramsey county jail at 3:02 p.m. tuesday on suspicion of having committed a gross misdemeanor soliciting prostitution, according to a police report.on wednesday, deal’s “appointment with the commerce department has ended, effective immediately,” according to a statement from state commerce commissioner mike rothman. rothman appointed sarah butler as acting deputy commissioner for financial institutions, a position in which deal had served for more than three years.st. paul police spokesman steve linders said dean was arrested during an undercover detail aimed at the de






st. francis high football coach arrested in prostitution sting


the head football coach at st. francis high school is off the job following an arrest during a prostitution sting last month.maple grove police were conducting an undercover operation on april 12 when they arrested tatum hermann, 39. capt. adam lindquist said hermann agreed to engage in prostitution with a minor. lindquist would not provide further details. but a search warrant filed in hennepin county said hermann had responded to an ad under the escort section of backpage.com placed by officers conducting the operation. the decoy and hermann exchanged racy texts and he was arrested for agreeing to engage in prostitution with a juvenile when he arrived at an apartment on garland lane where the sting was underway, it said.hermann has not been charged, but lindquist said police plan to subm






oklahoma gop senator's fall from power is stunningly fast


oklahoma city — a two-term oklahoma republican state senator's fall from political power following his arrest on child prostitution charges has been stunningly fast. before state sen. ralph shortey was even arrested or formally charged, senate workers already had scraped his name from his office door, changed the locks and painted over his name in the parking lot.after felony charges were filed thursday alleging the 35-year-old solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy, the state's most prominent republican leaders began calling for his resignation, including gov. mary fallin, lt. gov. todd lamb and senate president pro tem mike schulz.a conservative republican with a wife and three young daughters, shortey surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a






dr. kamal fadlalla works in new york, but is in limbo in sudan because of trump'


dr. kamal fadlalla, a hospital resident who has been working in new york for the past 20 months, was stuck in sudan on sunday, having gone there to see his family earlier this month. he had left jan. 13, was due to return feb. 4 but tried to return on friday after hearing about president trump's executive order on immigration, which suspended entry for people from seven countries, including sudan. he made it past p port control, all the way to the gate at the airport in khartoum, the sudanese capital. “one hour before departure they called my name,” he said, and summoned him to the ticket counter, along with other new york-bound sudanese p engers. “when i got to the counter, they said there was a notice from customs and border protection that ... they had to offload us from the flight.