Another Twin Cities prostitution website busted

MyFastPass.com was started by a 46-year-old Woodbury woman who ran an illicit massage business in downtown Minneapolis, police say. She’s been arrested. The johns are scrambling to cover their tracks.

By DAVID CHANEN, Star Tribune
Last update: June 10, 2009 – 7:12 AM

The Twin Cities’ largest locally owned prostitution website was shut down by Minneapolis police this week, the second major prostitution sex ring in the area officers dismantled in the past month.

The site, MyFastPass.com, was started in 2005 by a 46-year-old Woodbury woman who ran an illicit massage business in downtown Minneapolis for several years. In a search of her house last week, investigators discovered a database of more than 350 prostitutes and johns using her site, according to Continue reading

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Recent prostitution sting yields 19 arrests in Plant City

By GEORGE WILKENS
gwilkens@tampatrib.com
Published: June 10, 2009

PLANT CITY – If you’re looking for a prostitute, don’t come to Plant City, police say.

Officers are cracking down on prostitution near the downtown historic district, where they say sex has been for sale for as little as $4.

In the past few weeks, the police department has arrested three women ranging in age from 23 to 38 and 16 men ranging in age from 22 to 73. Police have periodically battled prostitution over the years but they say the recent spike is because of the low prices sometimes charged by the women. Sexual favors are being sold for as little as $4 to $20, police said. Continue reading

Edmonton judge bans story after publication

By Karen Kleiss, edmontonjournal.com
June 10, 2009

EDMONTON – An Edmonton judge has ruled that court records made public Wednesday morning in the first-degree murder case against Joseph Laboucan are in fact protected by a publication ban.

The decision, issued shortly after 3 p.m., means a news story based on the records that was published five hours earlier on The Journal’s website, edmontonjournal.com, was effectively unpublished. Continue reading

India: Bipasha to get real with prostitute!

by Rajiv Dutta

After portraying an unconventional character in Pankh, the actress is yet another working with director Sudipto Chattopadhyaya. This time Bips would be playing a prostitute living in Kolkata’s largest red light area called Sonagachi.

In the movie, Bipasha nurses a child, who is a victim of pedophilia. Sudipto is leaving no stones unturned to make his movie as realistic as possible. The grapevine suggests that the filmmaker has roped in some real-life prostitutes who will play themselves in the movie.

Pankh narrates a story about a little boy in the film industry who masquerades as a girl to become a child star but later faces an identity crisis and eventually turns into a drug abuser.

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Goa: The expanding red light district

An open Pandora’s box
10 Jun 2009, 0435 hrs IST, TNN

From massage parlours to fishing trawlers, highways to starred hotels, migrants to Goan girls, after the tearing down of Baina’s red light area, trafficking in Goa has undergone a sea change, reports Preetu Nair

* In the last three raids on massage parlours in Porvorim, Mapusa and Arpora, police rescued four Goans. The girls had joined the parlours for “better pay” and “a better future”.

* Sudha, 16, a school dropout from Sanvordem wanted fancy mobiles, money to spend on clothes, food and friends. Traffickers would lure her with the promise of a mobile phone every night for serveral months. She was later rescued from a hotel in Margao and the traffickers arrested. Continue reading