26-year-old Felicia McGinnis was arrested back in January on prostitution charges linked to her sartorial sins. Read More
The circus surrounding this year’s electoral season doesn’t end.
Kristin Davis, who claims to be the former madam for ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and is now running against him in the comptroller’s race, was arrested yesterday by federal prosecutors on charges of selling prescription pills containing controlled substances for cash.
Sex workers and advocates have scored a small victory with a recent decision by the Brooklyn DA’s office to ban the seizure of condoms as evidence against prostitutes.
Brooklyn’s district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, sent a letter to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly stating that his office would no longer confiscate condoms as evidence of Read More
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