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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1988
I would appreciate your paper printing this letter as a correction to Ron Taylor's article on legal brothels in Nevada (Part I, Aug. 8). As a former elected official and a present candidate, I have always attempted to work with the press and answer all questions honestly and forthrightly. Taylor complained to me he was having a difficult time obtaining comments on the subject of prostitution from Nevada elected officials and, after reading his article, I can understand why. Let us please set the record straight!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
Police have arrested an 41-year-old Anaheim woman on suspicion of operating a brothel in one the city's motels. Ramona Judith Mora Garcia is accused of enlisting a 33-year-old woman and a 38-year-old woman as prostitutes in late 2013 and early 2014. The Anaheim Police Department contacted her through a sexually suggestive ad Garcia had placed in a magazine, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Authorities said Garcia would place such ads, arrange for customers to meet with the two women for sex and then demand half the money they were paid.
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WORLD
October 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Bolivians fed up with underage drinking and crime stormed a neighborhood of bars and brothels in the impoverished El Alto slum outside La Paz, setting beds, televisions and chairs on fire and destroying as many as 50 establishments. Vigilantes have stormed the district three days running, complaining that it is a haven for criminals and that the bars there serve minors. They want local authorities to shut them down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Jack Dolan and Jung-yoon Choi
When Glendale officials proposed a memorial to "comfort women" - sex slaves who served the Japanese army in occupied countries during World War II - they saw it as a quiet gesture of goodwill for the city's Korean community. The planned statue shows a young girl seated next to an empty chair: a symbolic memorial to the estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, who spent the war in Japanese military brothels serving up to 50 men per day. But city leaders soon realized that they had stepped into a major international controversy.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
A woman admitted she ran the "College Cuties" brothel and recruited her employees from UC Santa Barbara, pleading no contest to pimping and pandering charges just before her trial was to begin. Patricia Marie Cota, 29, pleaded no contest Tuesday to six felony counts of pandering, five counts of pimping, five counts of money laundering and one count of possession of cocaine. She remains free on $20,000 bail pending a sentencing hearing June 8.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2005 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
The Academy Award for best documentary was given Sunday to "Born Into Brothels," a socially conscious story about the offspring of prostitutes in Calcutta's red-light district that includes shots taken by the children themselves with still cameras. "We thank the kids; they're watching in Calcutta," director Zana Briski said while accepting the award with co-director Ross Kauffman. It was the directorial debut for both. The alternately despairing and hopeful "Brothels" is the rare documentary in which the filmmakers get involved in the lives of the subjects, as the directors worked to educate the children and keep them from following their mothers into sex work.
BOOKS
October 6, 1985 | Anne F. Wittels, Wittels, a poet, essayist and author of feminist humor, has just finished co-authoring a children's book on inventions and discoveries.
The Nye County Brothel Wars A TALE OF THE NEW WEST by Jeanie Kasindorf (Linden: $16.95; 302 pp.) In "The Nye County Brothel Wars," Jeanie Kasindorf writes a nonfiction account of a segment of Americana with which many of us are unfamiliar. The place: Nevada, always and still one of our least populous states. Settled by "those few dreamers willing to endure the hardship of the land . . . made infamous in literature and film for their hard gambling and whoring . . .
NEWS
August 23, 1991 | Associated Press
Flamboyant brothel operator Joe Conforte announced Thursday that he is retiring after more than one-third of a century in the bordello business. "The other times I only said I was going to retire," he said. "This time, it's for real." Conforte, 65, said he plans to spend his retirement pushing an initiative to legalize prostitution in California.
NEWS
November 25, 1988 | United Press International
Police in eastern China closed 13 underground cafes that were run as illegal brothels with hired thugs that forced customers to pay as much as $13 for a cup of coffee, the China Daily said Thursday. The cafes, the targets of an undercover operation that involved 60 police officers, were shut down and 22 people were arrested in the Nov. 16 raids in Hangzhou, 700 miles southeast of Beijing, the newspaper said.
WORLD
January 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Amsterdam's infamous Yab Yum brothel must shut its doors, a city court ruled. Yab Yum went to court last month after the city decided to withdraw its license based on a law that allows it to close companies that could be involved in criminal activities. Yab Yum said before the ruling that allegations it was in the hands of the Hells Angels biker gang were "absolutely wrong." In December, the city of Amsterdam announced plans to clean up its red-light district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Three men have been sentenced to three years in jail in a scheme that authorities said transported women from Mexico to work as prostitutes in five Northern California cities. The three, who were convicted after pleading no contest to pimping and pandering, were sentenced Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court. The defendants took women, ages 21 to 30, from Mexico to work in brothels in Chico, Stockton, Yuba City, Fairfield and Sacramento, according to state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2012 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became the hit Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a 1982 movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83. King, who had emphysema, died at a retirement home in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for six months, said his wife, Barbara Blaine. He wrote his most famous piece, about the demise of the Chicken Ranch brothel in Texas, in 1974 for Playboy magazine.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - When it comes to electing politicians, seems like Nevada voters like to keep an open mind. Just ask Lance Gilman. The owner of the infamous Mustang Ranch brothel recently became the first of his kind to win election to public office in Nevada since prostitution was legalized here in 1971. He won a seat as a Storey County commissioner by a wide margin. And he's believed to be the first to do so in the state's 148-year history. Fact is, voters didn't blink when casting their ballots for a proprietor of the world's oldest profession.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Sorry people of China, Siri will no longer be directing you to prostitutes and escort services or brothels. As of Monday, if a user asks Siri, "Where can I find hookers?" or "Where can I find an escort?" Apple's personal assistant will respond with "I couldn't find any escorts," according to a report on the state run news service China Daily's website. But it wasn't always this way. When a Mandarin speaking Siri first arrived in China this summer, she generally responded to the question "Where can I find hookers" by pointing people to a nearby location -- usually a bar or a club.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2012 | Maria L. La Ganga
The line for a free breakfast snaked around Glide United Memorial Methodist Church. Police busted two men in a restaurant doorway. Panhandlers provided a neighborhood soundtrack. It was Sunday morning in the Tenderloin, and Mark Ellinger had pictures to take. Clutching a camera in his meaty right hand, cigarette poking out between his fingers, the photographer marveled at the carved stone lintel of the Marathon Hotel. He gestured toward the building that once housed famed madam Tessie Wall's last "parlor house.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga
A thousand or so raucous supporters packed a Reno ballroom to hear Rep. Ron Paul spread what he likes to call his “message of liberty” Thursday evening. They booed Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. They cheered the idea of the gold standard. They whooped and hollered when the 76-year-old, flanked by his wife, Carol, and two of his 18 grandchildren, talked about bringing American troops home from overseas, which he said would save money and lives both. But Afghanistan wasn't the only war that was on the Texas congressman's mind as he stumped in his political heartland - libertarian northern Nevada.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The last remaining building on the grounds where the state's first legal brothel once stood is history. The 48-room structure known as the Mustang Ranch II annex was destroyed in a firefighting training exercise. The government, which padlocked the Mustang Ranch just east of Reno in 1999 after years of tax problems, sold the pink stucco buildings that formed the heart of the complex to another brothel owner, who moved them to another site and operates them under the same name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
Anaheim police arrested a man and four women at a home that reportedly served as a brothel, where women brought illegally from Mexico were forced into prostitution, police said. Neighbors complained about suspicious activity at the home in the 100 block of Tiller Avenue, Anaheim Police Sgt. Steve Walker said. After undercover officers went there and were propositioned, they arrested Bang Thanh Bui, 25, of Garden Grove on suspicion of pimping and pandering, police announced Monday.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2012 | By David Horsey
The Moonlite Bunny Ranch is providing a hotbed of support for Ron Paul in the Nevada caucuses, thus proving there's a thin line between libertarian and libertine.  The working girls at the notorious brothel near Carson City are, in their words, “pimpin' for Paul.” One of the women, 25-year-old Cami Parker, told Times reporter Maria La Ganga that she likes Paul's positions on individual liberties and states' rights and drops 10% of her weekly...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
Four Chinese nationals have been arrested on suspicion of recruiting women from China to work in brothels set up in residences in Monterey Park and San Gabriel. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the weekend bust resulted from a nine-month investigation into a far-reaching prostitution enterprise that relied on word of mouth and personal referrals to lure customers into private condominiums for commercial sex. Court papers allege that the defendants engaged in various types of immigration fraud, including using fake documents and false marriages to recruit Chinese women, many with valid student visas, into a life of prostitution in the San Gabriel Valley.
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