Posted at: 02/26/2009 10:02 PM
Updated at: 02/27/2009 7:29 AM
By: Eyewitness News 4
Some homeowners on Albuquerque’s West Mesa are facing the possibility their houses could be sitting on a crime scene with undiscovered bodies.
In the area around 118th Street and Dennis Chavez in southwest Albuquerque, 11 bodies have already been found. Police say over the next several months, even more could be discovered.
But even as police conduct their search, construction on nearby housing developments continue.
Devon Hall and his family are looking for a new home. He says it probably won’t be on the West Mesa.
“It’s famous now as a creepy place, and I just wouldn’t do it,” he said. “I would not buy that house, even if it was a really, really nice house. I feel like the land retains a certain energy of things that go on over time.” Continue reading
The Standard – Hong Kong
Friday, February 27, 2009
Growing numbers of male prostitutes from around the region are coming to Hong Kong to work, according to a United States government report.
The latest US State Department report on human rights warns “an increasing number of men” are offering sex-for-sale services in the city.
A local support group for male sex workers says they are paid between HK$1,000 and HK$5,000 for their services and that most of their clients are men.
Referring to the sex trade in general, the US report says: “The overwhelming majority were women, although an increasing number of young men came to work as homosexual prostitutes. Continue reading
Police Unearth 11th Victim On West Mesa
POSTED: 9:22 pm MST February 25, 2009
UPDATED: 4:43 pm MST February 26, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “I knew that the more bones that they found, the more chance that my daughter would be in that group.” – Daniel Valdez, father of identified victim
The mystery on the West Mesa deepens as police unearth an eleventh skeleton from Albuquerque’s largest crime scene ever.
Albuquerque police have discovered 11 sets of human remains on the west mesa in the past month. The first set of remains was discovered by two hikers in early February. Police have identified two of the remains.
Michelle Valdez was the latest victim to be indentified. Her father said she went missing years ago and the hardest part for him was not knowing where she was. Now that he does know she was among the buried bodies, he said he’s trying to move forward. Continue reading
By Tracy Dingmann 2/26/09 1:43 PM
Painting by Bonny Holder
There is a graveyard west of town, but it doesn’t have green grass or headstones. The place where at least 11 people were buried on the city’s far West Mesa is a crime scene, perhaps the city’s largest ever.
Or is it?
Until recently, Albuquerque police said they weren’t really sure these were homicides. To be fair, that was a few days ago, back when the body count stood at six, including the bones of one woman and her fetus.
But how does anyone end up dead and buried on a remote mesa if they weren’t murdered?
I’ve been watching this case closely since the first bones were pulled from the ground in early February, and I’ve been struck by what I see as the media and law enforcement doing their best to tamp down public alarm over the fact that people were murdered and dumped like trash — AND that there was or may still be a serial killer at large. Continue reading
Thursday, February 26 02:32 pm
A 15-year-old schoolgirl from the northeast earned about 14,000 pounds over two months by working as a prostitute, it emerged on Thursday.
Her unusual weekend job was exposed when a teacher at her school in South Shields, near Newcastle, found condoms, lubricant and details of the agency she worked for in her school bag.
Police officers who searched her home found more than 8,000 pounds stashed in the attic in November last year. The girl, who cannot be named because she is a minor, is thought to have netted around 1,700 pounds per weekend.
Details of the case emerged during a hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates Court on February 13 to decide what should happen to the cash.
Asa Anderson, representing Northumbria Police, told the hearing: “The money was seized after police received a phone call from a school where a teacher found a pupil’s bag. The bag was found containing certain items.”
The court decided the cash should be forfeited to the authorities.
Police said a man aged 44 and a woman aged 46 were arrested on suspicion of inciting child prostitution, but later released facing no further action. The schoolgirl herself is not thought to be facing any charges.
Phoenix Police Allege That Two 16-Year-Olds Ran Child Prostitute Operation Out of Apartment
By SARAH NETTER
Feb. 26, 2009—
They were unlikely suspects — two 16-year-olds arrested for allegedly masterminding a child prostitution ring. But one of them is adamant that she was not a madam.
In a jailhouse interview given to ABC’s Phoenix affiliate, Tatianna Tye disputed the police allegations that she led a ring of at least five girls, recruited from area schools.
“I would just never do that,” she told the affiliate, although she did not deny being involved in prostitution. “I would never, ever, ever put someone in that position.”
Police say Tatianna and Jazmine Finley recruited girls between the ages of 13 and 17 to work an area of Phoenix known for prostitution. They were even able to rent an apartment, where they often brought girls to work, Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill told ABCNews.com. Continue reading