April 30, 1999 |
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.
February 28, 2005 |
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.
October 6, 1985 |
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 . . .
August 23, 1991 |
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.
November 25, 1988 |
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.
October 27, 2006 |
HOW bad is Cocke County's lawless reputation? So bad that its tourism and economic development chief, Donald Hurst, likes to kick off out-of-town business meetings with a self-deprecating joke. All of the visiting Cocke County officials, he tells his audience, are right here in the building -- so "rest assured, your home is safe." To many Tennesseans, Cocke County is the place their parents warned them about, the butt of hillbilly jokes, the last redoubt of an old, untamed Appalachia.