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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Risque Business: VA Cops' Search for Massage Parlor Prostitutes Leads to a Happy Ending

From washingtonpost: They enter the massage parlors as undercover detectives. They leave as satisfied customers.  In Spotsylvania County, VA as part of a campaign by the sheriff's office to root out prostitution in the massage parlor business, detectives have been receiving sexual services from "masseuses." According to court documents, detectives have allowed women to perform sexual acts on them on several occasions, at least once leaving a $350 tip. 

George Mason CrimProf Jon Gould commented, "I've never heard of that anywhere else in any police department. You don't have to go through with the act to prove" solicitation. He called it an improper use of taxpayer dollars.

To reassure naysayers, Spotsylvania Sherrif Howard D. Smith said that the practice is not new and only unmarried detectives are assigned to such cases.  Oooh, okay. [Mark Godsey]

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Cops in Lynwood, WA recently were doing something similar, as detailed in an October 2005 Seattle Times article -- although I don't have a link at the moment. I used the story on my Fall Criminal Law exam.

Posted by: Brooks H. | Feb 15, 2006 8:20:16 AM

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