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.
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  for crimes in progress.
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/
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.”
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…”
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
On a quarterly basis the City of Dayton’s Prosecutors office and The City’s Public Affairs office puts together a list of all the people who have been convicted in the City’s courts of offenses related to soliciting for prostitution. The list is published in the Dayton Daily News and shown [somewhat sporadically] on DATV and the Dayton City TV station.
According to the Prosecutor’s office it can take several days of work on their part to pull this list together and ensure it’s accuracy. The end result of publishing the list is some public embarrassment of those who have been convicted. While I applaud this effort at the same time I do not think it goes quite far enough, I am therefore embarking on a project to take this information to the “next level”:
When the current listing is finally prepared it will become available for viewing 24/7/365 on a new blog site simply entitled CONVICTED IN DAYTON OHIO OF SOLICITATION FOR PROSTITUTION.
It would be incredibly naive to think that sex for sale/prostitution is ever going to “go away”. Laws governing prostitution are promulgated on a state level, severely limiting what a local jurisdiction can enact in the way of ordinances aimed at controlling or “regulating” it. The alternatives are therefor similarly limited. You can have strict enforcement of the laws, which in turn, costs a great deal of money and the time of the various agencies involved. A second approach is accept the view of prostitutes as “victims”, both willing and unwilling, and to enact social programs aimed at alleviating that victim-hood through direct outreach/counseling and rehabilitation programs. Currently there are efforts in this regard proceeding at both the city and county levels. The third approach is to seek to reduce demand, which, of course, is similar in difficulty to repealing the laws of gravity. Nonetheless, some success CAN be achieved through public embarrassment of those who are found guilty and convicted. I believe having this list easily available for ready public perusal will be a small but worthwhile contribution to this effort.
Your thoughts and comments are most welcome.
NEW BLOG IS NOW ONLINE @ http://prostitutionconvictionsdaytonohio.wordpress.com
Ever since I posted a little rant about Dayton being a prostitute haven/destination my blog has been getting a lot of hits…from people with apparently the wrong idea. I am NOT trying to “hook you up!!” Get over it, go away, look somewhere else. This is about how to get them OFF the streets, not into your car!!
Another Dayton blogger has picked up on this issue with a slightly different twist…I am not sure that this is the solution, but here is what he has to say:
I first heard this idea from John Gower, who is now the director of planning. I thought it had merit then, and am thinking it has more merit now.
Zone an area that is extremely depressed as the X-rated area. Allow porn stores, strip clubs, all night bars, seedy motels that rent by the hour, to have a place to themselves. Charge high taxes, provide high police visibility, but don’t arrest the hookers, just the drunks and fighters.
Have a hooker rehab center and drug rehab programs in the area- supported by the higher taxes.
This way, the negative impact of these activities is limited to the designated area. Hookers caught plying their trade elsewhere- picked up and dropped off in the Combat Zone. Pimps who want to beat up girls – arrested, since the area will be well patrolled.
Boston had an area called the “combat zone” for years, and I saw the same kind of thing in Hamburg and Paris. There is no reason it couldn’t work here.
What brought this idea back to mind was a motorcycle ride last Friday night with a couple of buddies- I brought them back in down W. Third Street. Both buddies, Vietnam era Army Rangers, thought I was trying to give them flashbacks. Face it, there isn’t enough money available to bring back parts of W. Third Street- so maybe the answer is to let the wages of sin give it a shot. Moving the sex shops out of the Oregon District, N. Dixie, etc. might help give other areas a better chance- and also give some people in Dayton a reason to go over to the West Side.
Sounds harsh- but, the reality is, maybe this is one of the conversations we should be having? Posted @ http://esrati.com/
You can go to David’s blog and add your two cents worth or add to the discussion here.
After my presentation to the city commission on this subject there has been some limited discussion about the one area where the city can have some impact: rehabilitation services for women that are not currently being provided. I also understand there is some potential on the county level as well, which would be another step in the right direction.
What is buggin’ me today?? Prostitutes. Lot’s of them. North Main Street in Dayton, from the river to Siebenthaler Avenue has, over the last decade, become one long red light district. On a recent trip north from downtown I counted 7 “working girls” trolling along good ol’ Route 48…they were not the most savory representatives of femininity.Cracked out, spazzed out…yuchh.
Now, personally I do not have a problem with sex for sale, when it is between consenting ADULTS. It’s a reality in Nevada, it’s a reality in numerous European countries. It [sex for sale] has been a reality for thousands of years. It is also an Unfortunate reality in places like Thailand, where the indentured sex trade is the dirty underside of “tourism”, drawing pedophiles and other low life perverts to that country’s sex trade. But I digress, we’re talking about Dayton, where some of the same problems exist.
I know that prostitutes drag a lot of other baggage with them, drugs, pimps, thievery etc…still, it is hard not to see them as sad cases of humanity gone bad. But what to do? I call the cops, they come out and either harass or arrest. The harassed ones just move on up the street, the ones who are arrested are back on the street in seemingly a matter of hours…what is the solution??? Do we need a registered brothel in Dayton [ with concurrent harsher real jail time for those that don't comply with registration?]. Cops and the courts spend a lot of time and tax dollars on a trade that is seemingly impossible to suppress. Is it not better to “control” the business, especially the disease aspect, than to try and do something no one has been able to do for thousands of years???
This an article that appeared in the
Nevada is the only state in the United States to allow legalized prostitution within its borders, however prostitution is not legal everywhere in the state. Many years ago, the Nevada Legislature realized that while larger communities like Las Vegas and Reno received excellent revenue for community services from legal gambling, the rural counter parts of the state, while also having gambling didn’t benefit much from it. So in an effort to balance the so-called “tax pie” a unique and progressive set of laws were enacted allowing legalized prostitution to take place in rural counties of the state.
In essence, any Nevada county with a population of 400,000 people or less may with the approval of it’s citizens in a local option vote, institute a legal brothel(s) which are regulated by state and local authorities. There are often restrictions on where these establishments may be zoned and of course the ladies that work in the brothels must pass weekly medical examinations and take regular blood tests for sexually transmitted diseases. In addition the ladies receive training in doing visual examinations of clients and identifying any potential health risks that might arise from a sexual encounter. To date, there has never been a recorded STD transmittal in a Legal Nevada Brothel and this data is maintained by the State of Nevada’s Department of Health. Prostitution is not legal in Clark County (Las Vegas), Washoe County (Reno) and several other rural counties. However, there are legal brothels located in adjacent counties to both Clark and Washoe Counties.
The revenue from just one of these brothels can produce funding to the county coffers in amounts up to one million dollars a year. This is money that goes for the public benefit including funding for fire and police departments, road maintenance and education. In addition the legal brothels have established their presence in the community time and time again with support for local charities, youth programs and other civic support.
Often people wonder about how safe it is to go to one of Nevada’s Legal Brothels. The answer is just about as safe as you can have with a sexual encounter in today’s world. Obviously the Surgeon General’s recommendations for safe sex are the best way to avoid acquiring an STD, however the record for the brothels as stated above is truly impressive. It’s virtually safer than a chance encounter at a local “meet rack.” Every week each lady is required by law to have a physical examination to eliminate the possibility of her having an STD. Blood testing is also required. In addition, all sexual activity in the brothels require the use of a condom to further enhance safety. And finally the ladies themselves inspect each potential customer for signs of STD before booking any sexual encounter. If the lady identifies any possibility of coming in contact with an STD she will politely inform her customer and suggest he seek medical help. The lady has the right to decline any party she’s not comfortable with. This in fact protects her and any of her future customers.
Is this a Dayton-Ohio Solution?? Why does it work in Nevada??
I am in the process of obtaining “arrest maps”, provided by the Dayton Police Dept which will show those areas where arrests for “loitering and solicitation” take place. It will be interesting to see where the concentrations are and in the process, try to figure out why those particular areas… In the course of talking to the Sgt about this what was apparent was the level of Police frustration expressed about this issue. Many many police hours are spent dealing with prostitutes; arrests, court appearances etc, which, of course, translates into many many thousands of dollars in city funds spent. And the issue/”problem” never goes “away”. Add in the public health costs and we could be talking about tens of of thousands of dollars.
As I noted earlier, prositution is a very complicated issue. It impacts our city on many levels, most of them not good, nor easily resolvable. Solving, or at least trying to solve it is every bit as important as making decisions about new Kroger stores or where to put green space after old public housing is removed. I don’t have cut and dried answers, and am not even sure that it is “solvable”. On the other hand, pretending that prostitution doesn’t exist is also not a solution…