Skip to comments.18 Arrested in Lucrative Prostitution Ring Out of Staten Island (Guess who busted them)
Posted on 03/11/2008 10:28:12 AM PDT by McGruff
''This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,'' the state attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, who oversees the task force, said in a statement. ''It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring, and now its owners and operators will be held accountable.'' Investigators with the task force came across the ring while looking into the activities of a Gambino crime family gambling operation, the law enforcement official said. They had wiretapped a Gambino-linked social club on Fingerboard Road in Staten Island as part of that inquiry and saw the prostitution ring's leader, Frank Farella, 44, of Staten Island, visiting at the club, the official said.
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lol, that settles it, he was just trying to set up another ring.
Or eliminating the competition.
That’s called RESEARCH.
Did Spitzer volunteer to do any “undercover”work on this case?
Maybe they wouldn’t give him a discount.
If so, he went from playing "Dick Tracy" to having his "Dick Traced".
That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard about this yesterday. Did Spitzer knowingly and willngly bust his favorite girls’ competitors? Also, was Spitzer ever briefed about a possible investigation of his friends, and then did he deliberaty steer his lawyers/investigators in a different direction, or worse, did he personally squelch an investigation of them?
I imagine that any and all who have criminal records from that bust, or any bust, are now contemplating appeals, seeking to have their records expunged, or lawsuits - because everything will now be open for question.
Spitzer is going to be very popular in the prison shower
Hypocrisy, thy name is Liberal.
Somehow I don’t think the irony pool of Spitzer is quite yet dry.
LMAO, that is funny!
It would seem logical that he was working for this ring aside from utilizing its services but the transcripts didn't seem to show that. There has to be an explanation for the trust though.
Definitely eliminating the competition so he can take charge of the action and get the freebies on the side. Spitzer should be drawn and quartered.
these cases must be thrown out - Spitzer has a conflict of interest /sarc
Popular in the prison shower?
Maybe,but as the doer or the do-EEE?
This article is dated 2004.
Any idea if any of those arrested are still in prison for participating in the same business as Spitzer?
“...Why wouldn’t this prostitution ring be extremely leery of allowing Spitzer to utilize their services...”
Because he used his best friend’s name!!
Such a slime!
Thanks for the laugh.
Since we know Spitzer's prostitution ring shuttled hookers back and forth between NY and DC, I wonder if any of the DC politicians might be caught in this sting. If there are, I sure hope they're all RATS.
These whores only charged about a tenth as much as Spitzer’s. It’s so typically liberal to crush the “sex workers” of the “bourgeoisie” while keeping the high-priced ones available for themselves.
Law enforcement is selective in enforcement. And those who wield the power do so to increase their own power.
Whether that be courting the voters saying “see I what I did for the community” to outing the enemy or crushing the competition.
So if you give your girlfriend cabfare home (or buy her a plane ticket for a long distance relationship), is that a crime?
At what point is the crime of extra-marital (unmarried or adulterous) fornication “prostitution”?
Jewelry and a meal count as “payment”? It does when we consider the bribes given by lobbyists to politicians.
Yeah, but he's a repeat customer and he isn't using his friend's face. Spitzer has got to know he'll be recognized. The prostitute was from the state where he is Governor and everyone knows what their Governor looks like.
I think there has to be some interesting explanation for the mutual trust among those who would seem to have a reason to totally distrust each other. I suspect that those who have been arrested are the day-to-day operators of the enterprise and that Spitzer is cozy with their boss.
I don't think Spitzer would use his friend's name unless there was a specific reason. That is probably the guy who sponsored Spitzer for membership and they refer to the john by the person who authorized the service. I think his friend's company could be a Soros spin-off.
An extremely good question, whose answer the MSM might not want to pursue. Why would a public figure think that his identity was safe? What trust relationship did he have with the participants?
More to the point, did he have, or think he had, a means to ensure the perpetual silence of both the pimps AND the girls, and might that mechanism be more politically explosive than the fact that he was a customer? Given the wealth and power of their customers, how did the service assure them that they did not need to worry about exposure or blackmail?
“...Yeah, but he’s a repeat customer and he isn’t using his friend’s face. Spitzer has got to know he’ll be recognized. The prostitute was from the state where he is Governor and everyone knows what their Governor looks like...”
I didn’t think this deep on the subject. I saw a post here yesterday that raised the possibility of a Mossad connection with the operators. We will probably never know all the datails for sure. Does anyone really believe James Earl ray acted alone?
I’m sure there are a number of power hitters in both parties who are on the mailing list for this ‘Club’.
Just trying to make the world safe for respectable whorehouses.... like the one he frequents.
At first Spitzer seems to have used another name (that of a friend, George Fox). I read that over time the girls became aware of who they were really dealing with. By that point they had him, excuse the pun, by the balls. No way could he do anything because it would have done far more damage to him than to them. They’d likely just disappear and come back with new names for a new service.