As we continue to mull over the game tape from yesterday’s Today segment in which Matt Lauer interviewed Anna “The Soccer Mom Madam” Gristina, we came across one interesting little discrepancy that might be worth noting.
HUSTLE AND FLOW (AND PARENTING)
If you thought the tale of Anna Gristina—the soccer mom accused of being the ruthless leader of a prostitution ring catering to wealthy, powerful clients that’s supposedly corrupted New York City’s most ostensibly incorruptible people (like the D.A.’s office)—was just a New York story, you were wrong. Matt Lauer interviewed her from Rikers Island for this morning’s Today show. Notable moments:
The Mysteries of Brooklyn
Maybe it’s just because it’s the most populous borough (or it has a thing for all things home-grown), but Brooklyn has almost three times as many sex-trafficking incidents as its neighboring boroughs. That tidbit is revealed in a Daily News story about the borough’s efforts to stamp out the sex trade, which has been particularly pernicious around Brooklyn schools.
Just before Christmas last year, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly hosted a small, cosmopolitan group of pretty young women in his office at 1 Police Plaza. Most were immigrants to the city, having come from Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe and around the United States. Because of the sensitive nature of what they would discuss, only two other officials were present—the NYPD’s chief counsel and the commanding officer in charge of vice.
The women spoke different languages but had at least one thing in common: they had all been brought to the city to labor in the sex industry. The non-natives’ first English words were “blow job” and “fuck.”
For now, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is allowed to walk the streets of Paris a free man. This comes after two days of public questioning by French officials over his role in using embezzled funds to throw wild orgies with prostitutes.
To the short list of this year’s must-see movies, quickly add The Whistleblower—the harrowing true story of Kathy Bolkovac, a disillusioned Nebraska cop and divorced single mother who uncovered a horrifying underground network of human slave traffic in 1999 postwar Bosnia protected by both the American military and high-ranking Read More
Last week, deputies in Polk County, Fla., arrested 60 people–including a Disney employee, a man with breast implants, a 15-year-old runaway with a 2-year-old infant, and her pimp–in an online prostitution bust dubbed Operation Curtain Call. A year ago the sensational sting would likely have been the next in a long litany of tabloid-friendly Craigslist Read More
As news broke yesterday of Eliot Spitzer’s repeat visits to high-end prostitutes in the employ of the Emperor’s Club, offices across the city were buzzing with speculation about what “unsafe” sexual favors the Governor might have requested.
Although Governor Spitzer reportedly paid about $3000 for his Feb. 13th date, the most expensive Emperor’s Club Read More
A team of New York Times metro and investigation reporters and editors have been working since yesterday afternoon to break the story of Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitution ring, according to a newsroom source.
The group of editors were led by metro editor Joe Sexton, politics editor Mary Ann Giordano (former Observer managing Read More