IL: Mother, daughter charged with keeping house of prostitution in Berkeley

June 9, 2009

By DAVID POLLARD dpollardard@pioneerlocal.com

From the outside, the home at the corner of Hawthorne and Hillside Avenues in Berkeley looks like any other home on the quiet street.

But the pretty pink flowers along the walkway were only a facade for what police say was going on inside.

On June 3 members of Hillside and Berkeley police departments along with Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department executed a search warrant at Hawthorne Avenue after a three-month investigation involving alleged prostitution. Continue reading

Indonesia: Film About the Struggle of Women Sees Red-Light District Closed Down

June 09, 2009
Nurfika Osman

Authorities in the East Java district of Tulungagung, probably embarrassed by a film that documented the presence of a decade-old red-light district in its territory, have forced its closure, activists said on Tuesday.

Tulungagung’s Gunung Bolo red light area was one of the five subjects highlighted in a series of documentaries by five women directors that were compiled into a film, “Pertaruhan” (the Gamble), by noted film director and producer Nia Dinata. Continue reading