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  • StillRelaxin

    “It’s just harder to catch them in the act and prove the act was for money.”  Unless of course the prostitute and her pimp are clever/devious enought to catch the whole thing on video.

    • Anonymous

       … and when they ARE caught on video the john’s defense attorney says the john is a victim because he WAS caught on tape.  In the real world being caught creating a crime is evidence.  I guess being a criminal in a sex crime, when you have a respectable (role model) position, the law doesn’t apply.  Can’t wait to hear the defense of the other criminals.

  • Anonymous

    Prostitutes have been around for centuries, and there is no end in sight.  50 years ago there were no cameras and they were paid with cash.

    • Anonymous

       The johns were never implicated.  Is that justice?

    • Cameras were around 50 years ago and most John’s as they call them, still pay in cash.

      • Anonymous

        Apparently they all don’t pay with cash.

      • Anonymous

        I’m talking about video cameras.

        • Video cameras where around 50 years ago.

          • Anonymous

            OK OK, I was off by 6 years.  8 mm film back in 56.  I can remember using video tape in 1968 at a TV station in DC.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, indeed!!

  • Anonymous

    I hope they do arrest all the johns. Yet I feel bad that the johns can’t get sex the regular way, at last call.

    • Most men can get sex the regular way as you stated if they wanted to, the problem is they don’t want to. It is much simpler to pay a woman who is willing to sell her body for just sex and nothing else.

    • Good luck!! Arresting Sugar Daddies!! A political pipedream. They have too much power, and politicial connection. Do you want to outlaw escort services? People have the right to hire someone to accommodate them to a social event, date, dinner, or walk them to their car.

      • Anonymous

        What about all the politicians with Sugar Babies?

  • Randall Flagg

    Well for people like me who couldn’t even pay someone to show me heaven I guess I’m safe

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that the BDN should be filing a freedom of information on the Brewer Police to get a list of the “Johns” from the investigation Martin speaks of. 

    • Anonymous

       I agree. The BDN should be able to get that information. I don’t think it would take a lot of resources to identify the Johns. The Brewer Police Department’s reason doesn’t seem plausible.

  • Anonymous

    Recession is high when they make the most amount of arrests. Stocks were still low in 2002. I think that may be closer to the underlying problem. These women find successful work. It’s like a haircut. People’s hair will always grow, even in a recession and people need to look groomed to get a job. People’s desire for intimacy does not go away, but how one can pay for their living can and does go up and down.

    It’s a job. We don’t have the money for welfare, but people have the money and are willing to pay for prostitutes.

    • Anonymous

      What does a “desire for intimacy’ have to do with hiring a prostitute? I haven’t tried it, but I can’t imagine feeling very intimate towards a near stranger that I had to pay money to in order to “seduce” her, especially if I knew that she might have had several other clients similar to myself earlier in the day and would have more after I left. Intimacy? Yuck!!! 

      I suspect that men willing to hire a prostitute are just looking for sex with a physically attractive and willing partner without any of the work, or developing of an emotional connection that an intimate relationship would require.

  • Anonymous

    The larger question is why is any of this still a criminal offense?

    Adultery was once a criminal offense as well.

  • Escort service is legal. Sugar relationship is legal.  Prostitution is NOT. Police need to keep
    their nose out of escort services.   People are paying for time and companionship in escort services and sugar relationship and not for the sex act.  If someone wants to pay someone for a date or to be a friend, it is none of the government business.  Try to get it for free!! Good luck. Marriage and dating is center around money and gifts.  Take the money out, and you will have a miserable relationship. Stopping people using drugs!! Good luck!! If it is not hurting another person, then keep out.

    • Anonymous

      Snake oil for sale.  

      Escort is for companionship or dating…….sure

      • Anonymous

        How do you know its for any other reason?

        • Anonymous

          and then Johns paid for Zumba……..

  • Holding Sugar Daddies (Johns) responsible!! What a PR stunt?  Police will not dare because Sugar Daddy have money, power, and political connection.  How many times I see police go after Sugar Daddies on Sugar dating website? Almost never.  All the sting focus on poor people committing prostitution; street hookers and poor backpage.com escort. Yes, prostitution is NOT a victimless crime when a poor person does it. Yes, drugs are involved because many poor people are hook on drugs.  If the banker from Wall Street does something or the head of Goldman Sachs do something that is illegal it is OK. But when average Joe or poor Jonny does it, the police is after them.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see data that is more current than 1997.
    I am not so sure  a sting operation is to occur in Brewer considering the information was leaked out.
    Would be interesting to know how many married ” johns”  would rather solicit a prosititute to avoid divorce/alimony.

    “they felt shy and awkward” for the steady or unmarried” median age 37 ( shy?????)
    ” a different kind of sex ” for the married. (Try something different your partner may welcome change)
    ” They ranged in age from 18 to 84 years(84 wellll I have no comment lol)

  • It is my business if I want to pay someone to be a friend or go on a date. It is none of the government business. As long as I do not enter into an agreement of consideration for s*x acts, government needs to butt out.  It should not be a crime to exchange money in the context of a relationship or to reward someone to be in a relationship.  It is the government
    business if someone is prostituting on the street or running a brothel. But it
    is none of the government business if I exchange money for time and companionship
    with a sugar baby, escort, girlfriend, wife, or model.  As long as the war on prostitution and drugs
    is going on, government will find more ways to get into your private business.

    • Anonymous

      Yea right

    • Anonymous

        Methinks thou doth protest too much.

    • Anonymous

      Its none of their busness if you pay someone for sex either .as long as its two consenting adults . Underline ADULTS

      • Actually women who hire male escort have a better dating experience than free boyfriends overall. There are too many times free boyfriend will try to play games with women. Getting them drunk and getting free sex.  More women get victimized by non-commercial dating than commercial dating. With male escort, they are being paid for their time and companion. Never heard of a male escort raping a female client. Too many stories of so call boyfriend raping girlfriend in non-commercial dating.  It will make sense for women to hire male escort so they are not so emotionally driven into dangerous relationships.  If male escort service is more popular, it will create competition to boyfriends or husband. Women can be sure that there are guys will treat me better and I do not need to tolerate their abusive behavior. Solution to the problems of Johns. Johns become male escorts so they can be paid to do what they love to do. Girls pay them not the other way around.

    • Anonymous

      I think brothels should be legal and regulated and taxed. Mandatory testing for STDs and working conditions. If customers are committing adultery, that’s an issue between the spouses. This country has not come very far from its Puritan roots. Why is everyone, and our government especially, so concerned with who’s banging whom?

    • Anonymous

      Sad that someone has to or is willing to pay for companionship, friendship, dating, accomodation to a social event etc…. rather than work on their issues.  

      • If you think that you are going to get free friends or dates, think again.  If I go out and do not purchase food or drink for my friend or a girlfriend, they will not be happy about the arrangement. It is not necessary to pay directly to someone to be a friend or girlfriend but if the trade is unfair the relationship will end soon.  Money, sex, food, and sometimes drug motivates people to do good or bad.  Don’t pay a doctor or a lawyer and see what type of services they will give you. That goes for dating too.

  • Anonymous

    The term “selling their bodies” has always struck me as odd. Wouldn’t “renting” or “leasing” be more accurate?

  • Anonymous

    It’s a serious problem when it takes two to commit something deemed a crime but only one typically gets punished. Not exactly fair, is it?

    Personally, I feel like prostitution should be legal, and all the time/money/effort instead be spent on fighting human trafficking and the exploitation of minors.

  • Anonymous

    ROMNEY / RYAN  2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

       PIMP/JOHN 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Boy would I like to see that list of names from the brewer bust in 2009. I be that list would rock this community, lawyers, politcians, “community organizers”, and I be a hand full of law enforcement. Can this list be access under the freedom of information act?

  • PabMainer

    Comparing prostitution rates / arrests in Maine with most other states is like comparing snowfall in Caribou with that of snowfall in Miami…..a majority of prostitution takes place on the streets thus larger cities in warmer weather states obviously have higher rates happening…..the example of the Zumba debacle is what Maine law enforcement needs to focus on rather that the street prostitution that occurs here…..no matter where though, just like other crime, if you get caught breaking the laws then your name should be published….it seems the monetary punishment for this crime is minimal….the “threat” of having your name exposed appears to be one of the largest things to deter a “john” from solicitation….if one chooses to ignore the fact that it is still against the law……

  • Anonymous

    Prostitution victimizes a lot of unsuspecting people.  First of all, there is the risk of STDs.  I hope that it is mandated that these alleged prostitutes and all of the “johns”  be tested for STDs,and the results shared with all sexual contacts.   Also, the real victims here, the innocent spouses and/or partners of the “johns” must be tested for STDs to include HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and other sexually transmitted diseases.   Both the prostitutes and their paying customers need to be punished.   They are all a public health nuisance. 

    • Anonymous

      So, all sex should be outlawed because everyones a victim?  STD’s can be passed whether money is involved or not.

      • Anonymous

        No, of course all sex shouldn’t be outlawed, but if this woman’s business that involved over a hundred clients put a spouse at a high risk of contracting a deadly disease, shouldn’t that spouse have the right to be informed of what she is likely to have been exposed to and shouldn’t this this illegal business enterprise be financially and criminally responsible for any damage to a spouses health that this business exposed her to without her consent?

        • Anonymous

          How do we know all these guys were married and not practicing safe sex in the first place.  It seems everyone is jumping to conclusions and generalizing.

  • Anonymous

    It takes two to tango. With Debit and Credit Card information that the “girls” seem to accept,  it shouldn’t be too hard to charge the men as well as the women.  Miss Wright had so much information that she was documenting, the men on her list don’t have a leg to stand on. Too bad the police couldn’t wait a little longer, to see what she was going to do with the video tapes.

  • Anonymous

    Just like alcohol prohibition and the drug war, the prostitution war cannot be won and the only victim in each is the tax payer at a very great cost.  This country and state cannot afford any longer to continue fighting victimless crimes just because some people think the individual cannot take responsibilty for him or her self.

  • Anonymous

    Demand for anything is how a business gets started.. Americans are prudish. Like there is any moral value left in this country. Women get over yourselves and be honest. the 20 yr old hooker is better looking then a mother of three and it is just sex, nothing else. nobody is leaving their wife and getting romantic for a hooker.. You realize that having sex with a hooker is better then wooing a coworker don’t you.. It is not about love it is about sex. 2 different things

  • “In Vacationland, where prostitution and prostitution-related arrests statewide have not topped 45 annually in the last decade…”

    But we read that Maine has only 3 cases of alleged voter fraud in the past 12 years — alleged, not proven, and look what a fuss some people (hoping to shut out poorer voters) made about that.

    The humble Farmer

  • Anonymous

    Geez, if she would have just paid the taxes… Then again, ….

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