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Re "Cops hit suspected Valley prostitution dens" (June 26, 2003)

I Wept with joy and gratitude upon reading of Operation Silver Bullet in which 100 of our bravest boys in blue raided seven prostitution dens of iniquity, making an astounding 14 arrests.

For years I've lived in terror of being an innocent bystander, killed in the crossfire between gangs of hookers. Finally we have a leader of the Police Department who truly understands that the absolute highest priority in law enforcement should be the eradication of victimless crime. God bless you, Chief Bratton.

Parker Young, North Hollywood (CA)

What can we say? Parker Young said everything we would have said if we had written the letter to the editor! Thank you!



By Ryan Oliver, Staff Writer

In one of the LAPD's largest prostitution stings in several years, vice detectives fanned out across the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday and simultaneously raided seven suspected prostitution dens fronting as legitimate business.

Approximately 100 officers took part in "Operation Silver Bullet," netting 14 arrests, said Detective Rick McElroy.

"Because of the influx of locations, it's been necessary to do unconventional means of enforcement to keep a lid on this type of activity," McElroy said.

McElroy said prostitution dens, many of them operating as chiropractic and aromatherapy clinics, have blossomed in the Valley over the past year. The number of known clinics has increased from approximately a half-dozen to more than 30.

Early Wednesday evening, undercover detectives arrived at 19 suspected locations, seven of which were discovered to be closed upon arrival. The detectives, posing as customers, were able to obtain sufficient cause to bust seven of the remaining businesses after they were propositioned by employees, McElroy said.

Arrests were made at suspected prostitution dens in Reseda, Chatsworth, North Hollywood and Encino.

The 14 arrests were all for solicitation, operating a house of prostitution and residing in a house of prostitution, as well as business license violations, he said.

"I think we were very successful tonight," said Lt. Rick Shields. "Anytime you get anything with a lot of bodies like that, it makes a statement that we're out there doing enforcement."

Police sat the operations are increasing in the Valley because they supply higher caliber women than streetwalkers, are more difficult for police to target and they are increasingly being run by Russian and Korean crime syndicates.

Apparently, investigating prostitutes is very dangerous and requires at least 7 cops to bust one suspected prostitute for practicing massage without a license...... (being that prostitution is slavery, remember!) (14 women arrested by100 officers= 7 cops per prostitute...... and this was such a great success that they gave themselves a luncheon to honor the officers involved in the sting!)



Associated Press

The Los Angeles Police Department will pay the legal fees and pension of a suspended deputy police chief accused of molesting Explorer Scouts under a settlement, officials said.

David Kalish, who was not charged with molesting two teen scouts decades ago, filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Police Department, alleging it defamed him, illegally searching his home and violated his privacy rights.

He faces several civil lawsuits filed by the alleged victims.
Under the settlement, Kalish will retire with a full pension of nearly $10,000 a month and be able to carry a concealed weapon and his police identification card. His retirement was effective March 3.
Kalish said he was pleased with the settlement but declined to disclose details.

Todd Walburg, an attorney of one of the former Scouts, said he was disappointed with the settlement.

For consenting adult commercial sex, prostitutes go to jail (to protect us from exploitation, for our own good)

A cop with is alleged to have had sex with at least two minors gets paid $10,000 a month in retirement benefits....

Our question is, how does society benefit from this arrangement?



By Sonya Jason, a San Fernando Valley writer, is a former social worker and probation officer

As I endeavor to give an accurate account of young females who are each year kidnapped, sold, lured by false promises or drugged into being sexually exploited, I am reminded of Josef Stalin's view of humanity: "A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." So I will personify the staggering numbers of such victims by telling the story of two whose cases with which I'm familiar.

At the age of 13, Inez worked in the lemon fields of Mexico. When approached with an offer of a waitress job in the United States, she eagerly accepts. Upon arrival, she is horrified when taken to a trailer park in a Texas town and told she has to pay her smuggler $25,000 by selling her body to men, as many as 25 a day.

Warned that if she tries to escape she will be beaten and her family harmed, Inez is forced to submit to her captors. After the prostitution ring is broken by a vice squad and she is released, she tearfully tells how she tried to cope with her desperate plight.

"I drank wine before the men came. When I finished my shift (women are made available 24 hours a day), I filled the tub with water and lay in it, drinking anything I could find, crying and praying that I would live to see my family again." She is now in a haven operated by a religious -based group, but as yet too traumatized and shamed to return home.

Her name is Sami. Struggling to feed five children under the age of 9 on $250 a year, her parents sold this 5-year-old-doll to a woman claiming she wanted her as a companion for her daughter of the same age.

Actually, the woman is a procurer. Instead of receiving schooling and care, Sami is smuggled out of Cambodia to become fodder for pedophiles. If she survives to the age of 10, half-starved and disease-ridden, she will be transferred to a brothel for adults. Fortunately, she is smuggled to a safe place by another religious-based group.

Sadly the United States is a growing market for this sex trade. The State Department's Human Tracking Department reports that 50,000 females are smuggled in every year to be shuttled from brothel to brothel as fresh merchandise.

Is anything being done to stop this inhumane horror?
Certainly not enough. Not until the year 2000 did Congress pass a Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which was then made a priority by Attorney General John Ashcroft.

To circumvent this legislation, lobbyists from the sex industry are pressuring for the legalization of prostitution, claiming it offers protection for both prostitutes and customers. Truthfully, where prostitution has been legalized, the only ones benefiting from it are the pimps, pornographers and the sex industry.

What little protection prostitutes have is torn away by taking this sordid trade out of the hands of the police and slipping it into the corrupt hands of politicians. [Does this women never read the newspapers and therefore not know of the horrendous abuse that prostitutes encounter at the hands of the police whom she wants to protect us? And if she does know about the abuses and still thinks the police will protect prostitutes, what does that say about her intelligence? or her morality?]

Reports show that 80 percent of all prostitutes are abused to some degree by pimps or customers [where does she get these figures????]. Violence is used to initiate a female into the trade, to punish or exert dominance, or to humiliate and isolate her. Complaints by the girls are ignored and attention paid only to the customers.

Does any of this sound like "victimless crime" or "acts between consenting adults?" Hardly. [and that is because these examples to which Sonya Jason refers are NOT acts between consenting adults!!!]

There are many other negatives to legalizing this ancient form of slavery. For much too long the white flag of surrender was waved by proponents who covered over its evils until public indignation and action brought it to an end. Now self-serving proponents of female sexual exploitation use the same argument and claim that improving conditions of its victims renders this evil intolerable.

It was a lie then and it is a lie now.

Since the United Nations is silent on the issue, and we hear little from women's organizations, and even less from the media, it falls back on the public to learn the facts about the current human trafficking of the most poor and vulnerable.

Then we must join together and again change history for the good by making clear that slavery, whether for the ease of labor or the pleasure of the influential and powerful, is unacceptable in any form or in any place. [But how can you help those who are truly victims of slavery if you cannot -or worse, will not - differentiate between one who is a victim and one who is not?]

By Norma Jean Almodovar
There is so much to say about this inaccurate, idiotic editorial that one doesn't know where to begin! If, after reading the plethora of articles about the incompetence, corruption and abuse offered to prostitutes by law enforcement, one still concludes that prostitutes are better off in the "hands of the police" the only thing we can say is that such a person is in need of serious psychiatric counseling.

Those of us in the sex industry do not want to see anyone forced into sex work, nor do we want children involved. These are crimes which are addressed by other laws which should be strongly enforced. However, the scarce police resources are squandered when law enforcement agents go after adult women who have entered this profession of their own accord.

Trafficking of human persons, male or female, adults or children, whether for the "sex trade" or for sweat shops or for picking crops, domestic service, or the construction industry, is wrong and must be addressed by governments around the world. To be effective, a distinction must be made between that which is forced and that which is consenting.

But there are too many "religious-based" groups which categorize ALL prostitution as trafficking, when there is so much evidence to the contrary. Sex worker organizations around the world, such as ISWFACE and The NSWP, are staffed with current and former sex workers who believe that we have a right to do work which others consider "sordid" or immoral.

We also support a system of decriminalization rather than legalization because we are all too familiar with the corruption of politicians (and cops and judges). We believe that our interests are best served by taking control of our lives and our work away from both the police in a criminalized systems and the "pimps" in a legalized system.

Regarding the issue of violence and underage prostitution, using Sonya Jason's rationalization for the continued criminalization of prostitution, one can site the numerous and horrendous incidents of domestic violence, spousal abuse and the practice of forcing young girls into becoming child brides, to plead the case for criminalizing marriage. If it is possible to stop the use of children for prostitution and violence against prostitutes by making criminals of consenting adult women, then surely the best course of action for eliminating domestic violence and spousal abuse would be to criminalize relationships of any sort and jail the potential victim, preferably before the violence occurs- as we now do to prostitutes!

Obviously that is not a logical solution to the problem of domestic violence, because domestic violence and spousal abuse are not fundamental to marriage as a whole, but rather the tendency toward violence is an unfortunate characteristic of human nature. Fortunately not all nor even most marriages suffer from such violent interaction between husband and wife, or the institution of marriage would have self-destructed millenniums ago. So if it is possible to discern differences between a non-abusive marriage relationship and one in which there is domestic violence, then we must also recognize that there exists the same dynamics in commercial sexual relationships and treat them accordingly.

As for the issue of forcing young girls into child bride-hood, such cases are to adult marriage what underage prostitution is to consenting adult sex work- an entirely different issue.

If we are not willing to allow the many voices of the prostitute to be heard, including the voice which says "I am an adult and have freely chosen my work" then we are adding to the victimization of prostitutes whom Sonya Jason and her crowd claim they want to protect.

The lies being told here are by people like Sonya Jason who refuse to acknowledge there is consent involved for MANY sex workers and that as long as we are ignored, a grave injustice is done to those who have not consented. Equating our experience in sex work with that of the victims Ms. Jason describes in her editorial is like equating the experience of a rape victim with that of someone who freely engages in non-marital multiple acts of sex. Ms. Jason confuses her own sense of morality with reality and in the process, she adds to the public ignorance about sex work and those in the sex industry. None of us are helped by being arrested, subjected to police abuse and incarcerated. And if you think the police abuses such as are amply demonstrated in our library of articles are but rare anomalies in the lives of sex workers around the world, you are living in a fantasy world.



Associated Press

FBI agents have busted a nationwide bribery, money laundering and prostitution ring.

Agents made 30 arrests in eight states Tuesday, the culmination of a five-year investigation that began when owners of a massage parlor in Blount County, Tenn., allegedly tried to bribe public officials, including a judge.
When federal authorities began looking into the parlors, they found most were nearly identical and appeared to be part of a chain.

In Tuesday's coordinated bust, officials raided spas, modeling studios and hostess bars, which make money by enticing men to buy drinks for the women who work there. Arrests were made in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio.

Police also shut down the Crystal Palace Nightclub and the Ok Yeo Bong bar in Sunnyvale, Calif. Four owners were arrested as well as Sunnyvale police Officer David Miller, who was charged with protecting them for gifts, cash and sex.

The FBI said that the bar owners coordinated with a broker in Korea that would provide women with visas. If visas couldn't be arranged, the women were flown to Mexico, where another broker would drive them over the border.

The Crystal Palace would pay the women's rent and utilities. The women would repay the debts of their travel and living expenses by providing services, such as "dates" and sex, to customers of the clubs.

An Internal Revenue Service investigation of Ok Yeo Bong found evidence of money laundering.

What on earth did the federal and local law enforcement agents involved in this investigation do for five years? Just think about it for a moment...unless these investigators were having sex with the suspected prostitutes, there is no conceivable way that an investigation into prostitution activities could continue for five years without great suspicion. Perhaps once or twice undercover officers could get away with not having sex with women they were trying to prove were involved in prostitution so they could make a case against them and the owners of the establishment, but not for five years.... and how much taxpayers’ money was spent during this time to pay for the “gathering of information” from these women?

And if sexual exploitation is as damaging to women as the anti-trafficking, anti- prostitution lobby claims, how could our government allow these women who were victims of exploitation through 'trafficking,' continue to be victimized for five years?
And once again, we find police complicity in the ongoing operation of at least one establishment... in exchange for gifts, cash and sex. And Sonya Jason wants to leave our "protection" to the police through the continued criminalization of consenting adult prostitution!

1978 or 1979


Associated Press

Police agents may engage in sex to carry out prostitution investigations, as long as they don't try to trap anyone into the crime, a Spokane County district Court judge has ruled.

A two-month investigation last fall, which reportedly involved spending $2,000 for two agents to engage in sex acts for evidence, did not constitute entrapment, Judge Daniel Maggs ruled Friday.

"It may violate public morals, but personal beliefs can't be substituted for the law," Maggs said.

Maggs also dropped prostitution charges under a city ordinance against 24 women, but said the women still could be charged under state prostitution statutes.

He ruled city officials who passed the prostitution ordinance in 1971 as an emergency measure failed to prove that an emergency existed.
Virginia Worthington, a defense attorney, said the decision was "a mixed victory."

Remember that prostitution exploits women, constitutes slavery and poses a health threat to the community, so of course it is permissible to allow police agents to have sex with us before they arrest us, in order to protect us for our own good! And we ought to give hazard pay and bravery awards to the courageous police agents who risked their health by having sex with these prostitutes... to rescue them from a life of exploitation at the hands of other men!

March 1987


By Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer

Ruling that it is "unrealistic to expect law enforcement officers to ferret out criminals without the help of unsavory characters," [such as unsavory exploited women-nja] a federal appeals court has reinstated criminal charges against a suspected heroin dealer caught with the help of a prostitute acting as a government informant.

Overturning a U.S. District Court judge's dismissal of the indictment as an example of "outrageous" government misconduct, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that informant Helen Miller's sexual relationship with the target of a heroin investigation was permissible, even though FBI agents knew about it and failed to stop it. [AND PERHAPS EVEN ENCOURAGED IT?nja]

"The deceptive creation and/or exploitation of an intimate relationship does not exceed the boundary of permissible law enforcement tactics," Judge William A. Norris wrote in the opinion distributed Wednesday to attorneys in the case. "The betrayed suspect might feel foolish or insulted, but cannot complain of government impropriety based on the use of deception alone."

Miller, who according to evidence presented in the case was known to the government as a prostitute and heroin user, was employed [that is to say, PAID BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS-nja] by the FBI as an informant in an investigation of Darrel Simpson, a suspected heroin dealer living in Brentwood.

Posing as stranded travelers, Miller and fellow informant, Karen Eccles, met Simpson at Los Angeles International Airport one day and joined him later at his apartment. Eccles testified that she had sex with a friend of Simpson's, while Miller had sex with Simpson.

Over the next few months, Miller and Simpson continued to be sexually intimate. Simpson said that miller repeatedly asked him to obtain drugs for friends, and said he finally acquiesced because of his love for her.

Though the supervising FBI agent warned Miller against having a sexual relationship with Simpson, U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter found, in dismissing the indictment against Simpson and two co-defendants, that the FBI "deliberately closed its eyes" to the situation and "probably expected her to continue."

Norris, joined by Judge Procter Hug Jr. and Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall, found that the government had done nothing so outrageous that it warranted dismissal on constitutional grounds.. In the past, the courts have defined "outrageous misconduct" as coercive, violent or brutal treatment of a suspect, conditions which were absent in this case, the court ruled.

"To win a suspect's confidence, an informant must make overtures of friendship and trust and must enjoy a great deal of freedom in deciding how best to establish a rapport with the suspect," the court ruled.

Moreover, Miller's conduct with Simpson is not readily attributable to the government, given the FBI's warnings against such a relationship, firmly meant or not, the court said.

"We recognize that many people in our society may find the deceptive use of sex in law enforcement to be morally offensive," Norris acknowledged. "Nonetheless," he added, citing a past court decision, "in order to apprehend those engage in serious crime, government agents may lawfully use methods that are neither appealing nor moral if judged by abstract norms of decency."

Joan Howarth, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, was "very disappointed" with the decision.

"We believe that it taints law enforcement for our police officers to be setting up informants to have sexual relationships with suspects in order to get information," she said.

Simpson's attorney, Joshua C. Needle, said he will either seek a rehearing on the case or appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The court says that they will not find a violation of due process unless their is coercion, violence or brutality to the person," he said. "I am very unhappy to see that the court is retrenching in this fashion"

Edwin J. Gale of the U.S. Department of Justice's Los Angeles Organized Crime Strike Force, which prosecuted the case, said, "There's really nothing to say except that it has been sent back to the court for trial. It was, in part, the decision we sought."

So our FBI can pander and pay a prostitute (and exploit her) to have sex with a suspect in order to gain evidence for an arrest, but they then spend millions of dollars to do undercover work to arrest other people who pander or pay prostitutes just for the pleasure of sex.... it is comforting to know that it is okay for the government to engage in illegal and "immoral" conduct as long as it is for a good cause... and to exploit women for their noble purposes. And you can bet that this prostitute undoubtedly "volunteered" for this assignment.... the fact that she was breaking the law as a drug user and prostitute probably never entered into the consideration given to her for her cooperation...... How does the government decide which women it is okay to exploit and which women need to be protected for their own good (sent to jail)? And does being a paid informant/ prostitute for the government mitigate the "slavery" and "exploitation" of being a prostitute?

May 19, 1990


By Lois Timnick, Times Staff Writer

"Beverly Hills madam" Elizabeth Adams was lauded for her undercover police work Friday by a member of the same agency that arrested her on suspicion of pandering in 1988.

"She was the best informant I ever met," veteran Los Angeles Police Detective Daniel Lott testified at a hearing on a defense motion to dismiss charges against her.

Lott, who acknowledged an ongoing professional relationship with Adams during most of his 27 years on the force and a vice and narcotics detective, said that Adams had "enough class" not to flaunt her brothel activities, and that the department looked the other way because of the help she provided on numerous criminal cases.

"You can't get that type of information from a church person," he testified under questioning by Adam's attorney, Tony Brooklier.

"We considered Betty as an undercover agent," he said, noting that she had even been assigned an informant number. "The information we gleaned from her far surpassed what she was going, in total benefit. It led to major, major criminals going to jail."

Lott said Adams, who is also known as Alex Fleming, had provided valuable assistance in the investigations of such figures as financier Robert L. Vesco, who is still a fugitive, murder suspects and major drug traffickers.

Police say the blowzy woman with the boyish haircut, blinding diamond and sapphire rings and personal driver once ran the most lavish and lucrative prostitution network on the West Coast from her blue- and- white bedroom above the Sunset Strip.

Adams, now 57, does not dispute her reputation, but maintains that she did business under an informal agreement with police that her informant's role would protect her from prosecution. Her lawyers argue that it is unfair to go after a long time informant for activities police earlier ignored because they "gave results."

Interestingly, all the defense witnesses at three hearings before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bert Glennon have been law enforcement agents, including the detective who investigated Adams before her arrest.
That officer, Los Angeles Police Detective Alan Vanderpool, testified Friday that the nature of Adam's relationship with the vice section was "that as long as she provided information she didn't go to jail."

However, sometime in the 1980's. Adams apparently dried up as a source. A 1987 police report on her notes "No contact. Inactive. Should go to jail."

Under cross-examination by Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Carter [who several years later successfully prosecuted Madam Alex' protege, Heidi Fleiss], Vanderpool said the investigation and arrest of former informants is not unusual. "It happens every day," he said.

"If someone is no longer an informant, he is just another crook"?" Carter asked.

"Yes," Vanderpool answered.
Adams was arrested in March, 1988, and charged with pimping and pandering, receiving stolen property and grand theft.

All but the two counts of pandering have been dropped. Adams is free on $150,000 bail, although prosecutors asked for a million dollar bail, saying the were worried she might flee. Glennon set the next hearing for July 27.

The relationship the police had with Madam Alex during the years she reigned as madam in Hollywood raises the troublesome question: why, if pandering is “worse than rape or robbery” (People vs. Almodovar 1985) would one madam be allowed to continue for years to exploit some women, while other madams would be prosecuted and sent to prison for the same activity? Is it morally acceptable to "exploit" some women as long as one cooperates with the police? How do the police determine which women it is okay to exploit and which women should be protected (by going to jail)? Is it acceptable that the women who don't cooperate with the police by providing information about their clients or other prostitutes and the madams they work for, go to jail “for their own good”? What is the real purpose of the laws?

Admittedly, universally the police have used “criminals” as informants for years, but in what other “criminal” enterprise would the informant be allowed to break the law.... even be expected and encouraged to do so? Without continued pandering and prostitution activity, there would be no information to provide to the police.

Furthermore, would either the madam or prostitute be inclined to cooperate if the police did not coerce them to be “snitches”? And if they would not otherwise cooperate, then does not the coercion that forces them to do so constitute extortion? That’s what it is called in any other situation... (”If you don’t cooperate with us and give us the (a) sex (b) money (c) information, you go to prison!)

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