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Police start shutting down phone lines of escort services
WSMV Television online ^ | 3/5/04

Posted on 03/06/2004 5:46:18 PM PST by Merdoug

"Nashville police have shut down phone lines for several escort services in an effort to combat prostitution. The move is believed to be the first of its kind in Tennessee."

(Excerpt) Read more at wsmv.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: prostitution; vice
I hope that I posted this correctly. I think there's something wrong with a State Government "forcing" a company from giving service to another company. I do not condone prostitution, but where will this end? Will government "decide" which companies can do buisness with another?
1 posted on 03/06/2004 5:46:22 PM PST by Merdoug
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To: Merdoug
Thanks. I thought the problem was MY phone.

(Just kidding)

2 posted on 03/06/2004 5:48:28 PM PST by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops.)
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To: Merdoug
Bastards!
3 posted on 03/06/2004 5:48:40 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: Merdoug
Will government "decide" which companies can do buisness with another?

The last I checked, prostitution was still illegal.

4 posted on 03/06/2004 5:50:43 PM PST by Cold Heat (In politics stupidity is not a handicap. --Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: Merdoug
If they had the evidence to shut them down, they would have raided them and shut them down. By the fact that they have to resort to this, it indicates they haven't enough evidence to make an arrest -- yet they can pressure a utility to stop service
5 posted on 03/06/2004 5:52:41 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: SauronOfMordor
If they had the evidence to shut them down, they would have raided them....yet they can pressure a utility to stop service

Not as bad as the title makes it sound. It wasn't a case of the police coercing the phone company to damage someone without legal process. They did get a court order to remove the phone service, they did establish that these 'businesses' were directly involved in prostitution (their purpose) and they did make prostitution and propmotion of prostitution arrests. They pretty much established that the phone lines were used for the purpose of promoting illegal activity (prostitution).

6 posted on 03/06/2004 6:04:31 PM PST by templar
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To: Merdoug
Please include orgininal titles.
7 posted on 03/06/2004 6:05:36 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Merdoug
Being a former bartender at a well known Nashville hotel I can tell you that alot of the hotels business came from these escort services. The clientele of these ladies would surprise many.

Local Democratic pols and Republican operatives who visited during the 2000 election partook in the services of these young lasses.

Not mention some fine, upstanding "religious" gentlemen who indulge themselves.

8 posted on 03/06/2004 6:05:49 PM PST by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: Merdoug
One of the Ladies......

9 posted on 03/06/2004 6:14:30 PM PST by jdontom (BacktheBadge)
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To: Merdoug
Thank God! I feel much safer now.
10 posted on 03/06/2004 6:19:00 PM PST by breakem
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To: SauronOfMordor
I wondered why my "girlfriend's" number was out of service when I tried to call.
11 posted on 03/06/2004 6:28:51 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (What's that? Pizza with no anchovies? You've got the wrong man. I spell my name "Danger")
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To: Merdoug
If gay marriage is a Constitutional right whats wrong with prostitution? If everyone is of age and agrees to the arrangement what should the government care?? It's my right of privacy.
12 posted on 03/06/2004 6:33:11 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: The Great RJ
Or,...if smoking or over-eating are bad for you, why are they not illegal like prostitution? Afterall, I thought the whole reason for it being illegal was the "damage" that it does to our sociaty and the individuals.
13 posted on 03/06/2004 6:38:13 PM PST by Merdoug
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To: Merdoug
When I was in college, and I did not want to be disturbed while studying for finals, I used to call-forward my calls to a local escort service.

I got a kick out of my friends calling me but instead getting some low-voiced hottie saying, "Hellooo?"
14 posted on 03/06/2004 6:46:42 PM PST by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Merdoug
Three words:

Prepaid cell phones.

15 posted on 03/06/2004 6:47:58 PM PST by Johnny_Cipher (Making hasenfeffer out of bunnyrabbits since 1980)
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To: wirestripper
The last I checked, prostitution was still illegal.

Then arrest them on that charge and let the courts decide.

Since when was it illegal for someone to call another person or some business?

16 posted on 03/06/2004 7:57:56 PM PST by Bilbo Baggins
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To: Merdoug
Persons trying to call Playboy Escorts, Toy Tiger Escorts, Centerfold Models, Satin and Silk or one of 102 other Nashville escort service telephone numbers are going to be hearing the same woman’s voice…a telephone company recording saying that the line called has been disconnected.


Chief Ronal Serpas Friday announced the culmination of a six-month Vice Division investigation into escort services that advertise in the Yellow Pages.

The investigation, which involved numerous escorts visiting undercover police operatives in area motels, found that the businesses serve as fronts for prostitution. The 106 telephone lines have been disconnected by court order.

“Organized prostitution puts both the women and their customers at extreme risk and is frequently connected to other illegal activity,” Chief Ronal Serpas said.

“It’s no secret that the Metropolitan Police Department is very serious about taking action against businesses like this,” Serpas said, noting that scores of massage parlors and other prostitution-related businesses have been shutdown over the past two years thanks to the work of a small component of detectives in the Vice Division headed by Sergeant Rob Forrest.

Subpoenas to the telephone company during the Yellow Page investigation found that the 106 telephone lines were controlled by essentially eight persons or groups.

For example, Nashville accountant Robert Yeargin, 59, maintained 26 telephone lines at his 3062 Jenry Drive home in Donelson. Among the escort services listed to those 26 numbers were A One Escorts, Bikini’s Escorts, Nights Passion and Asian Exotic Escorts.

Yeargin, or a person acting on his behalf, would send women to places specified by callers. A woman sent to the hotel room of an undercover police operative after he called Playmates, one of Yeargin’s services, agreed to perform a sex act for $200. Yeargin was arrested Tuesday on a charge of promoting prostitution.

The investigation found that Casablanca Escort Services maintained 31 telephone lines under such businesses as Bahama Beauties, Soft Touch Escort Service, Betty Boop’s and Blazing Star. Charges are expected in the near future against three persons connected with Casablanca.

The investigation revealed that RRR Enterprises maintained five telephone lines. The base of the operation was a home at 106 Lakewood Drive. Three persons, Monette Reynolds, 25, Kevin O. Dale, 30, and Kristi Carnduff, 23, have been charged with promoting prostitution in connection with the activities of RRR Enterprises.

The investigation showed that Timothy Dean Blakeley, 43, maintained 18 telephone lines under such business names as Barbie’s, About Town Escorts, and Debbie’s. An arrest warrant charging Blakeley with promoting prostitution has been issued. He was charged with the same offense in 1999.

The investigation revealed that Debra Kay Simmons, 38, maintained three telephone lines under the names City Escorts, Escorts of the 90’s and Millennium Escorts. An arrest warrant charging Simmons with promoting prostitution is outstanding.

The investigation showed that Robert S. Kostzuta, 47, and Lena Kostzuta, 37, operated two escort services under the names Allysin’s Escorts and Blue Butterfly Escorts. Arrest warrants charging them with promoting prostitution are outstanding.

The investigation revealed that Holly C. Featherman, 34, had one Yellow Page ad in the name of Unforgettable Referrals. An arrest warrant charging her with promoting prostitution is outstanding.

The investigation showed that Dellanne V. Smitty, 54, had 20 telephone lines under names such as Tigerann Escorts & Dancers, AAA Vegas Style Fantasies and Andrea’s Maids. Smitty has been arrested for promoting prostitution.

Undercover operatives made deals for sex with women representing escort services with telephone numbers identified as belonging to each of the eight persons or groups.

© 1999-2003, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
17 posted on 03/06/2004 8:00:26 PM PST by sharktrager (The last rebel without a cause in a world full of causes without a rebel.)
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To: Merdoug
dude:

this is no different than arresting prostitutes on the street. I am not sure what your complaint is, if the act is illegal in TN.
18 posted on 03/06/2004 8:01:45 PM PST by raloxk
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To: Bilbo Baggins
Phones are regulated by the same govt. that called prostitution a crime.

Selling services to a criminal enterprise, once one is warned about it, is something that they can indeed regulate under law.

19 posted on 03/06/2004 8:01:54 PM PST by Cold Heat (In politics stupidity is not a handicap. --Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: jdontom
oh she is a sexy one.
20 posted on 03/06/2004 8:02:37 PM PST by raloxk
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To: The Great RJ
"If gay marriage is a Constitutional right"

no one except MA SJC has ruled that yet.
21 posted on 03/06/2004 8:03:18 PM PST by raloxk
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To: Bilbo Baggins
BTW, they can and often do move the stuff offshore, but some recent legislation has curtailed that as well.
22 posted on 03/06/2004 8:05:08 PM PST by Cold Heat (In politics stupidity is not a handicap. --Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: raloxk
I wasn't concerned about the prostitution law being enforced; I was concerned that the Government can tell a business what it can and can't do. However, Wirestripper makes a good point: it is illegal to offer services to an illegal operation. I can understand that.
23 posted on 03/06/2004 8:06:26 PM PST by Merdoug
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To: Merdoug
Escort services are really prostitution? Man! That's clever!
24 posted on 03/06/2004 8:07:13 PM PST by VadeRetro
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To: Merdoug
the business is not legitimate in TN.
25 posted on 03/06/2004 8:07:27 PM PST by raloxk
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To: raloxk
I'm not talking about the "escort" service; I'm talking about the phone company. (If I take your response incorrectly, then,....never-mind. :)
26 posted on 03/06/2004 8:10:25 PM PST by Merdoug
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To: sharktrager
"or one of 102 other Nashville escort service telephone numbers"

Holy mackerel, there sure alot of horny people in Nashville!
27 posted on 03/06/2004 8:11:26 PM PST by Lockbar
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To: Merdoug
Although I HATE the phone company. Bell South. I'm paying thru the nose for internet and phone service. I'm just waiting for the day when a cellphone-linked computer is cheap enough to use. Then BYE-BYE Bell! :)
28 posted on 03/06/2004 8:12:30 PM PST by Merdoug
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To: Merdoug
bell south is ridiculously expensive
29 posted on 03/06/2004 8:14:33 PM PST by raloxk
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To: raloxk
What frosts me are all those extra charges, like that internet use fee. I think that came from Algore.
30 posted on 03/06/2004 8:18:04 PM PST by Merdoug
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To: wirestripper
BTW, they can and often do move the stuff offshore, but some recent legislation has curtailed that as well.

Okay, since I only read the excerpt, it sounded like the police were just shutting off phone lines to businesses. It was part of a larger court case. I stand corrected.

Now, you bring up an interesting point with the offshoring stuff. What's to stop someone from 'pimping' from another country via e-mail or Web site? E-mail a pimp in, say the Cayman Islands, that you want a girl tonight and he sets it up via e-mail. What crime was committed in U.S. there? I would bet that the strongest case for the crime was the actual prositution itself, not in the proposal with someone outside the country.

31 posted on 03/06/2004 8:18:26 PM PST by Bilbo Baggins
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To: Bilbo Baggins
I know that AT&T has had cases involving the Caymans.

I know that it is not done anymore, but how they stopped or slowed it down is not in my memory.

Something was done in Congress a couple years ago with the FCC. (nothing to do with patriot)

It stopped a bunch of it, whatever they did.(had to do with dial a porn)

32 posted on 03/06/2004 8:29:00 PM PST by Cold Heat (In politics stupidity is not a handicap. --Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: Merdoug
Ho-hum. Stuff like this is an annual "Rite of Spring" in Nashville. You can bet your ass that every year around March they're gonna either bust video poker machines or hassle the hookers. They're a little more active than usual during an election year.

Also, the new Police Chief is out to establish a reputation early.

33 posted on 03/06/2004 8:29:20 PM PST by Morgan's Raider
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To: Morgan's Raider
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34 posted on 03/06/2004 8:29:56 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: Bilbo Baggins
not in the proposal with someone outside the country.

Phone tap perhaps.

good question, as the proposal is what they use for intent.

35 posted on 03/06/2004 8:31:03 PM PST by Cold Heat (In politics stupidity is not a handicap. --Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: Bilbo Baggins
BTW, Just in case you wondered, I was in favor of the courts decision to rescind the indecency stuff a couple years ago.

I was on the libertarian side of that issue. One of the few that I join forces with them on.

36 posted on 03/06/2004 8:33:57 PM PST by Cold Heat (In politics stupidity is not a handicap. --Napoleon Bonapart)
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