OH: A new word for prostitute: Victim

Naive and vulnerable girls lured by slick-talking pimps are drugged, beaten and held hostage for sex. They are our children, and they are the latest casualties of human trafficking.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 3:29 AM
By Alan Johnson and Mike Wagner

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The rusty black Chevrolet crept slowly down W. Broad Street until a stranger waved it to a stop. The man handed the driver $50 and climbed into the back seat beside a cute young woman with brown hair and brown eyes.

Before sunrise, about 20 more strangers would do the same.

Ashley Berner, barely 18, pleaded to the driver to let her go. Three other women, who had taken her in from the streets, introduced her to the man she didn’t realize was a pimp. Soon, he was beating her and threatening to kill her and harm her family if she didn’t continue prostituting in the back seat of that car. Continue reading

R.I. law-enforcement officials say Senate bill outlawing indoor prostitution is flawed

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, June 28, 2009
By Lynn Arditi
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — Efforts to outlaw indoor prostitution stalled as state lawmakers went home for the weekend with no agreement on how to close a nearly 30-year-old “loophole” in the state law.

Two competing prostitution bills — one approved by the House last May and the other by the Senate Thursday night — were pending in the General Assembly. Both chambers must approve one, identical bill in order for it to become law.

The bills differ significantly. Continue reading

Knoxville leads state in prostitution busts

KPD files charges at double the reate of Nashville, five time Chattanooga police
By J.J. Stambaugh (Contact)
Sunday, June 28, 2009

Knoxville led the state last year in the number of per capita prostitution-related arrests and citations, with police charging offenders at a higher rate than in larger cities such as Nashville and Memphis.

In 2008, Knoxville Police Department officers filed charges at roughly double the rate of police in Nashville, slightly more than those in Memphis and at five times the rate of police in Chattanooga. Continue reading

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen: Prostitution is not a victimless crime

Sterling P. Owen IV
Sunday, June 28, 2009

Prostitution is a problem that challenges nearly every law enforcement agency in the country. It is a dilemma that has plagued civilization for hundreds of years.

Since I became chief in 2004, prostitution remains one of the top five complaints that I receive every year.

There are widely different perspectives on prostitution. Some view the clients as responsible for the prostitution problem in their community, while others view prostitutes as the main reason. Continue reading