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City of Dayton Prostitution Hot Line

July 20, 2009
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Forwarded from CITY OF DAYTON …..

The Dayton Police Vice Unit has now established a hotline that individuals may use to report suspected prostitution activity.  The Vice detectives will act on the information accordingly, and it may lead to a letter being sent to the registered owner of a vehicle used by a suspected john or other action. In addition, the drug hotline can now accept complaints in Spanish.

333-VICE (8423)

We ask that you share this information at the neighborhood meetings and your newsletters, so the public is aware.  Please emphasize the importance of being specific with observed activity and descriptions.

The  Hotline should NOT take the place of calling the dispatch center [911] for crimes in progress.


NAMES OF PERSONS CONVICTED OF PROSTITUTION RELATED OFFENSES, DAYTON, OHIO /APRIL 2008

April 21, 2008
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The City of Dayton Public Affairs office has released the latest listing of persons convicted of Prostitution related offenses.

The list. can be viewed at http://prostitutionconvictionsdaytonohio.wordpress.com/


UPDATE>BUSTED FOR PROSTITUTION RELATED OFFENSES,DAYTON

January 30, 2008
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It’s a little, obscure list, but apparently an interesting one nonetheless. The list, of people convicted of prostitution related offense in Dayton Municipal court is normally compiled by the Prosecutors office, approximately quarterly.

No list has come out since August of ’07, so i called the Prosecutor’s office to find out where’s the most recent list? Delayed. The Dayton Court’s have been undergoing incremental conversion to a new computer system and the programming for this list is down near the bottom of the list of projects. An attorney for the Prosecutor’s office said she hoped the new list will be available in the next month or so. Hopefully.

The previous listing of offenders has had nearly 250 views so far this month, indicating an on-going interest in this “vital statistic“…hope to post the next exciting list soon…


PROGRESS REPORT ON CITY of DAYTON PROSTITUTION ORDINANCE/STRATEGY

December 3, 2007
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Starting in January, getting caught in a compromised “situation” with a prostitute in Dayton will get you sent back to “school”, John School, that is. Convicted offenders of city anti prostitution laws will be required to attend a type of aversion therapy as part of the sentencing process. According to Assistant City Manager Julie Howington, city officials felt that while work continues on details for a zone specific ordinance, that immediate measures were also needed.

Ms Howington emphasized that the “John School” was something that the city could implement with a minimum of extra effort, working in coordination with local law enforcement agencies and the courts. While details about exact curriculum are sketchy at this time, “John Schools” usually involve lectures on STD’s, legal ramifications and also usually include interactive sessions with former prostitutes /social agencies to address other more direct societal – personal impact issues.

The blowback to the initial discussion from citizens & community organizations centered on the negative connotations inherent in using signage to designate the targeted zones, and,  it appears that if used at all, such signage will be very  limited in scope. “the police know where the areas of activity are”, Howington said,

Two tasks forces have been established by the Managers office, one with City law enforcement, the law department and the managers office, and another, involving Montgomery County personnel, including the sheriff. “involving the Sheriff and County is critical,”said Howington, ” they control the Jail, and have access to funding sources for rehabilitation programs not available to city government. We want to do more than just add to the jail burden, hopefully to find some rehabilitation avenues where at least some of the newer, younger prostitutes might be helped out of that life. “

Ms Howington acknowledged the intractability of the problem, noting that” people have been working on this for hundred of years without much really changing. The hope is that you can have some effect, to help some women, deter some “johns” and make a difference in the neighborhoods impacted by prostitution”

“It is also good that this discussion is now more public, ” Howington said, “too often people want to avoid dealing with issues like prostitution, pretending it isn’t happening. A public focus gives us more latitude to do more.”


Today’s Hidden Slave Trade/Bob Herbert NY Times Op-ed

October 29, 2007
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Published: October 27, 2007

 

The woman testifying in federal court in Lower Manhattan could hardly have seemed more insignificant. She was an immigrant from South Korea and a prostitute, who spoke little or no English. She worked, she said, in brothels in New York, Philadelphia, Georgia, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.

She did not offer a portrait of the good life. Speaking through an interpreter, she told about the time in D.C. when a guy came in who looked “like a mental patient, a psycho.” Weirded out, she wanted nothing to do with him. But she said the woman who ran the brothel assured her everything would be fine.

It was fine if you consider wrestling with Hannibal Lecter fine. The john clawed at this woman, gouging her flesh, peeling the skin from her back and other parts of her body. She was badly injured.

According to the government, the woman was caught up in a prostitution and trafficking network that ruthlessly exploited young Korean women, some of whom “were smuggled into the country illegally.”

In prior eras, the slave trade was conducted openly, with ads prominently posted and the slaves paraded and inspected like animals, often at public auctions. Today’s sex traffickers, the heirs to that tradition, try to keep their activities hidden, although the rest of the sex trade, the sale of the women’s services, is advertised on a scale that can only be characterized as colossal.

As a society, we’re repelled by the slavery of old. But the wholesale transport of women and girls across international borders and around the U.S. — to serve as prostitutes under conditions that in most cases are coercive at best — stirs very little outrage.

Leaf through the Yellow Pages in some American cities and you’ll find pages upon pages of ads: “Korean Girl, 18 — Affordable.” “Korean and Japanese Dolls — Full Service.” “Barely Legal China Doll — Pretty and Petite.”

The Internet and magazines have staggering numbers of similar ads. Thousands upon thousands of women have been brought here from Asia and elsewhere and funneled into the sex trade, joining those who are already here and in the business but unable to keep up with the ferocious demand.

This human merchandise — whether imported or domestic — is still paraded, inspected and treated like animals.

What’s important to keep in mind is the great extent to which the sex trade involves real slavery (kidnapping and rape), widespread physical abuse, indentured servitude, exploitation of minors and many other forms of coercion. This modern-day variation on the ancient theme of bondage flourishes largely because of the indifference of the rest of us, and the misogyny that holds fast to the view of women — all women — as sexual commodities.

The case in Manhattan federal court involves a ring that, according to prosecutors, used massage parlors and spas as fronts for prostitution. Some of the women were in the U.S. legally. Others, according to the government, were brought in by brokers (more accurately, traffickers or dealers in flesh), who provided false passports, visas and other documents.

Elie Honig, an assistant United States attorney, said women brought in illegally were pushed into prostitution to earn money “to pay back the tens of thousands of dollars that the brokers charged the women as quote, unquote, fees for bringing them into the United States.”

He told the jury: “We are talking about a regional network of businesses throughout the Northeast United States and beyond involved in transporting and selling women.”

A jury will decide whether the five defendants in this case — all Korean women, and accused of running a prostitution enterprise — are guilty. But the activities alleged by the government mirror the sexual trafficking and organized prostitution that is carried out on a vast scale here in the U.S. and around the world.

There is nothing benign about these activities. Upwards of 18,000 foreign nationals are believed to be trafficked into the U.S. each year. According to the State Department, 80 percent of trafficked people are women and children, an overwhelming majority of whom are trafficked for sexual purposes.

Those who think that most of the women in prostitution want to be there are deluded. Surveys consistently show that a majority wants very much to leave. Apologists love to spread the fantasy of the happy hooker. But the world of the prostitute is typically filled with pimps, sadists, psychopaths, drug addicts, violent criminals and disease.

Jody Williams is a former prostitute who runs a support group called Sex Workers Anonymous. Few women want to become prostitutes, she told me, and nearly all would like to get out.

“They want to quit for the obvious reasons,” she said. “The danger. The physical and emotional distress. The toll that it takes. The shame.”


Community/Business Comments Delay “No Ho Zone” Ordinance

October 24, 2007
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A spokesperson for Dayton’s Public Affairs office said following up on citizen and business comments and concerns is delaying consideration of an city ordinance that would designate certain areas of the city as “No Ho’ Zones”, the object being to give police another enforcement tool to work with.

According to the Public Affairs office the concerns include the negative aspects of actually labeling residential or business areas as restricted as well as possible constitutional issues. Another factor is the delay are efforts to evolve other avenues of approach, including concurrent development of social/health projects and the “John School” concept. Accordingly, the legislation has now been delayed at least two weeks, possibly longer as the City law department continues to work on the language and to address the concerns raised.

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Back in the neighborhood, the March of the Ho’s continues relatively unabated.


Dayton City Law Department Reviewing No Ho’ Zone Legalities…

October 12, 2007
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Updating details about recently announced efforts by the City of Dayton to address prostitution issues , Tom Biedenhorn, of the Public Affairs office, said that the City Law Department is currently reviewing proposed language for an ordinance creating restricted activity, or, “No Ho’ Zones”,  in different parts of the city. The ordinance, part of a wider effort at addressing the prostitution issue, is expected to come before the City Commission by the end of October or early November. As currently envisioned, the ordinance would provide a way for police to arrest alleged prostitutes for loitering after a 1st warning to leave the targeted area. Loitering laws have been challenged as unconstitutional infringement on the rights of people to”gather peaceably” and, according to Mr Biednhorn, addressing this question is part of the Law Departments charge in crafting the wording of the ordinance.

Community feedback has been negative from some quarters, with neighborhood associations [not specified] objecting to identifying the target areas with signs , fearful that this would present a negative view of the area to people unfamiliar with the problem. In this view police already know the areas and the signs are unnecessary provocations. Others have raised objections to the general concept, arguing that it could have negative effects on housing valuations and possibly create insurance related issues.

Concurrent with ordinance drafting are plans involving the Sunrise Center to develop “John Schools” where offenders convicted of solicitation would be required to attend programs aimed at deterrence conditioning. Also on the table, but not as visible, are plans to work with the courts and social service agencies to develop direct assistance programs for women seeking avenues out of the “life”. Dayton Municipal court currently has a limited diversion program operated in cooperation with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services [CADAS] but, with limited funding of only $30,000 per year, the number of women directly assisted is quite small, ten having completed the program, five of whom have re-offended with Soliciting offenses. The Municipal Court Probation department is seeking additional funding for the program.

In 2006 Dayton-wide arrests for prostitution related crime reached 1, 496. Of this number 1,062 were between the ages of 21 & 40 . The arrests cover public indecency , soliciting for prostitution, promoting prostitution etc. Statistically, prostitution related crime in Dayton rose 23% from 2005 to 2006. 68% of arrestees were repeat offenders, 68% have been raped, 82% physically assaulted and, a disheartening 85-90% showing evidence of crack cocaine use/addiction.

“We are not going to completely solve this millennium old problem with any of these programs”, Biedenhorn said, “it is a bit of a whack-a-mole issue, but, hopefully we can reduce the number of moles being whacked…”


Rush Limbaugh Jokes

October 9, 2007
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Thanks to a a Media Matters thread for the following. Feel free to add your own…

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What’s the difference between Limbaugh and a septic tank? 50 pounds and a sport coat.
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What’s the difference between a dittohead and a diaper?

They both soak up feces from an infantile sphincter, but the diaper has the decency not to spread it around.

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What’s the difference between Limbaugh and an Internet pedophile?

A fistful of Viagra and a plane ticket to the Dominican Republic.

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What happens when Rush Limbaugh takes Viagra ?

His entire body grows three times it’s normal size. [Rimshot]

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What is fifteen inches long and hangs in front of an a***ole?

Rush Limbaugh’s tie

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How many Rush fans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None. Rush hasn’t shown them how to do it yet!

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What’s the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenberg? One’s a flaming Nazi gas-bag and the other is a zeppelin.

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CITY OF DAYTON MAKES MOVES ON PROSTITUTES:Targeting No Ho’ Zones

October 6, 2007
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Blogging the news…an article in this morning’s Dayton Daily describes city officials efforts to address Dayton’s growing reputation as a “sex for sale” destination as chronicled on this and several other Dayton weblogs. Two ideas promoted here, establishing “No Ho’ Zones” [not how the city describes them] and promoting “John Schools” , are key parts of a City effort to address the prostitution issue. A city ordinance would enable police to issue tickets to known sex workers in a designated zone and then, upon a second offense, arrest them for loitering, a misdemeanor offense. It is not clear from the article exactly what the penalties would be. It is likely that parts of North Main, West 3rd and Xenia Avenue would be areas initially given the no tolerance designation.

Efforts like this are to be applauded as they indicate a positive response to a problem that, at least to this observer, has been getting worse and worse. There have been days when I have id’d as many as a dozen different hookers operating on N Main. Cops I have spoken to have shown me lists of known prostitutes with over 20 names on them…and expressed the frustration they feel with the revolving door of arrests and and seemingly simultaneous release of the women taken to the jail. In addition , the Montgomery County jail has a general policy of not accepting hookers, thereby overburdening the city jail system.

The proposals are a step in the right direction and I like the idea of adding pictures to the listings of people who have been convicted of loitering to solicit. A list of August arrestees can be viewed at                                       http://prostitutionconvictionsdaytonohio.wordpress.com/
Concurrent with, but not discussed in the DDN article, are efforts by the city to establish rehab programs that offer prostitutes solutions and alternatives. Dayton City Commission Clerk Len Roberts has been researching the availability of state and federal funds for this purpose but I am unaware of any results so far.

Arresting prostitutes and establishing No Ho’ zones will only accomplish limited relief, in some cases just setting up a “whack a mole” situation where new areas become destinations for hooker hunters. Establishment of the John Schools is crucial to reducing demand, as is the continued efforts at public embarrassment. Unfortunately for society, real solutions will continue to be elusive so long as economic and social conditions combine to push both men and women into seeking sexual gratification at the expense of personal dignity.

Coincidentally, this morning’s New York Times has an article, JOINING TREND, BULGARIA WILL NOT ALLOW PROSTITUTES which you can read at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/06/world/europe/06bulgaria.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin


Hooker Update/The Future is Ours??

September 18, 2007
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Last week a small group of BusinessPeople and a Santa Clara Neighborhood Association member met with County Commissioner Dan Foley and two County officials {Sunrise Center & Criminal Justice Council} concerning the prostitution issue on Main St and Dayton in general. The discussion ranged from a general overview to what specifically can be done.

The Sunrise Center has received a Weed & Seed grant to be used to explore options that include research and development of rehabilitation and deterrence programs which could include “john schools”. According to a pamphlet on Prostitution & community solutions I recently received from the Dept of Justice recidivism among graduates of the john school’s is very low. Different cities John School programs include lectures on STD’s confrontations with ex prostitutes etc. Some include making the johns perform community service in the areas where they were picked up, picking up trash and other unsavory tasks. A possible approach.

Another angle of the discussion concerned a “Million Dollar Murray” solution. An interesting article on this appeared in the New Yorker . http://www.gladwell.com/2006/2006_02_13_a_murray.html

The essence of it being that sometimes it is cheaper to provide concrete solutions [housing, child care] than to continue to arrest the same people over and over again. It was posited that if there were 500 prostitutes in Dayton [a number pulled out of the air that may not be far off...] what if 50 of them accounted for 50% of the arrests? Perhaps targeting those women would do more to alleviate the problem. This assumes that many of the  450 are part timers or ones who don’t get caught.

Arrests peaked in 1999 and have dropped off considerably since then. The last couple of years # have been “flat” [thanks to DDN tip on this]. Possible reasons vary, with the reduction in the # of cops assigned to the Vice squad considered a major factor. Economic issues also play a role, a downturn in the overall economy tends to e reflected in a rise in women resorting to prostitution as a “money solution”. The consensus of the discussion was that a Nevada type “legalization” solution was not in the cards and that aiming at development of programs to help women get out of the “life” offered the most concrete “solution”.

It will be interesting to see if County & City officials can get on the same page with this. More information will be forthcoming as I get it.


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