IL: Elk Grove gay bar Hunters Nightclub imposes new rule on cross dressers

Patrons are now required to supply ID that matches their ‘gender presentation’

Brian Cox and Lisa Black
September 21, 2009

An Elk Grove Village gay bar popular with cross-dressers now requires them to show a valid photo ID that matches their “gender presentation.” Put another way, they now need a photo ID that shows them in drag.

Hunters Nightclub reluctantly imposed its new ID requirement because cross-dressing prostitutes were advertising on Craigslist and mentioning the establishment, said manager Peter Landorf.

“They’re implying they’re coming here,” said Landorf, whose new rule could cut down on his cross-dressing clientele. “If it is prostitution in any form, that could cost me my liquor license.” Continue reading

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Legal Prostitution Under Pressure in Rhode Island

SEPTEMBER 5, 2009

By SIMMI AUJLA and JENNIFER LEVITZ

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has a long tradition of going its own way. Founded by religious outcasts, it was the last of the original 13 colonies to join the union and the state mascot, which sits atop the State House, is a bronze figure named the “Independent Man.”

But there is one distinction about which many in the state aren’t proud: Due to a legal loophole, prostitution is legal in Rhode Island as long as it happens indoors.

Now, Rhode Island lawmakers are pushing to criminalize indoor prostitution, saying it damages the state’s reputation, disturbs neighbors, encourages sex trafficking and puts women in potentially dangerous situations. Nevada is the only other state that permits prostitution, and even there it’s not legal in the three most populous counties. Continue reading

TX: Busting brothels proves difficult

Despite residents’ complaints, Houston officers struggle to build cases and close illegal venues
By BRIAN ROGERS
Copyright 2009 Houston Chonicle
July 6, 2009, 11:11AM

Bart Jones remains frustrated that sexually oriented businesses, including illegal brothels, are open for business in his neighborhood after authorities closed a nearby strip club earlier this year.

“There’s too much crime associated with those businesses that we don’t want to spill over into where our children play or into our neighborhood.” said Jones, president of the Briargrove neighborhood association. “It’s been our long-held hope that we could eventually run them all out.”

Jones rallied neighbors to support authorities closing the Penthouse Club at Westheimer and Winrock in January, but says another topless bar, an adult bookstore and “massage parlors” remain nearby. Continue reading

Old Goucher Transgender Prostitute Problem

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Prostitution is an on-going problem in parts of Baltimore, and in one neighborhood, a very specific kind of prostitution has become a serious concern.

People who live in the Old Goucher neighborhood say transgendered prostitutes flock to the area every night — and they say police aren’t doing enough to keep them out.

Old Goucher is just North of North Avenue. Baltimore’s main north-south streets — Charles and St. Paul — run right through the area. That provides plenty of potential customers for a transgendered prostitution trade.
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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

Vancouver: Back when the West End had sex worker strolls

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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Jeremy Hainsworth

QUEER HISTORY / Pushing the hookers out ‘desexualized and sanitized’ the gaybourhood: researcher

Newcomers to Vancouver’s West End often curse the traffic circles and multiple street blockages, believing them to be misguided traffic-calming measures.

It’s not why they’re there.

They were put in to stop johns trolling for hookers.

HOOKERS ON DAVIE. Jim Deva remembers the lively days of hookers on Davie St well. He says it was part of what made the West End fabulous. ‘It was electric and magical.’ The award-winning documentary screens Jul 2. (West End Sex Trade Memorial Project)

They’re artifacts of the mid-1980s when the city began pushing the prostitutes — straight, trannie and gay — out of the safety of the West End, forcing them onto the dangerous strolls of Richards St and the then-bleak warehouse district now known as chic Yaletown. Continue reading

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