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Moreno Valley Prostitution Sting


Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.


MORENO VALLEY - Three men have been charged with felony solicitation and drug offenses, and another 21 charged with misdemeanor prostitution, after an undercover police operation, police said today.

Sgt. Brian Holmes of the Moreno Valley Police Department, said police conducted a prostitution sting at a motel on the 23000 block of Sunnymead Blvd. in Moreno Valley on Dec. 5 in response to Advertisement
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community complaints.

Holmes said 21 men were arrested for prostitution during the operation, with four charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The men charged with felony narcotics offences, Tanner Schiller, 22, of San Bernardino, Lamar James, 31, of Perris, and Abdul Abugherir, 33 of Riverside, had offered drugs instead of currency to undercover officers to compete the solicitation transaction, Holmes said.


 

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Comment #1 | Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm
When drugs or trafficking are present the sex issue is secondary. The base here crime is the drugs. However things like this skew the view of prostitution. Why is prostitution against the law? Where is the crime when two adults agree to have sex in exchange for money? This isnít trafficking, which isnít a sex crime but is a human rights abuse. Those forced into sex workshould not be charged with prostitution but should be rescued from the traffickers. These laws allow too many dehumanize sex workers. If they aren't looked on as having the same rights as the rest of society then those who prey on women find easy targets in sex workers. This attitude needs to change we need to see sex workers as people with the same wants and needs and rights as the rest of society.
There is a more important consideration than legalization. Today sex workers and their customers are marginalized and viewed through a distorted lense. They are dehumanized and as a consequence it is too easy to take advantage of or abuse them. We need to recognize they are members of our society with the same wants and needs as everyone. Many if not most add to society in a positive manner, paying taxes, raising families adding to the economy etc.
Prostitution has been around forever and will be with us forever as well. We need to change our approach. Many escorts are in the business voluntarily and are contributing members of society. They pay taxes raise children and contribute to the economy. Yet they are forced to live outside of society. They live at risk of robbery assault rape (yes rape) and murder without recourse to protection under the law. This needs to change.

Legalizing will allow escorts the opportunity to contact police when they need to. Right now they can't because no matter why they call they are subject to arrest. Believe me escorts who are in the business for themselves are as against trafficking as you are. Legalization will allow escorts to be removed from the criminal element. Just like gambling, and alcohol and other so called vices, when legalized prostitution will be no longer a vehicle of the mob or pimps or gangs.

If you want to learn more about escorts watch the documentary "American Courtesans" This is a movie where sex workers, their families and even customers have a chance at speaking unscripted about their lives. It is powerful and fascinating and has been shown in film festivals all over the world including the ECU festival in Paris and Women's International festival in Miami and won awards for best editing and best documentary.

Kristen DiAngelo is also a voice for the rights of all sex workers and has launched The American Courtesans Project www.the-ac-project.com to bring light and humanity to the world of sex work. She is giving lectures at Rutgers and San Francisco State later in the year.

'American Courtesans' became available on-demand July 12 in over 100 million homes across the US and Canada -- including on some of the largest cable systems in the country - Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Brighthouse and iTunes (in 6 different countries - the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland), just to name a few. It is also available on DVD and BluRay on www.americancourtesans.com, amazon, and ebay.

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