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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Condoms could become harder to introduce as evidence in prostitution cases under legislation approved by the Assembly on Friday. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would require prosecutors to show a judge that the presence of condoms is relevant to the case before they can be discussed during a trial. The proposal (AB 336) now goes to the state Senate. Ammiano originally wanted to completely ban the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases, saying he didn't want fear of prosecution to prevent people from taking steps to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.
May 31, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Zumba dance instructor was sentenced to 10 months in jail on Friday, ending the case of sex, lies and videotape in a prostitution scandal that rocked a picturesque seaside town in Maine. Alexis Wright, 30, was sentenced under a plea agreement to 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception. She was accused of selling sex at her fitness studio, apartment and an office, earning more than $150,000 over 18 months and attracting at least 150 clients, including the Kennebunk, Maine, mayor and a high school hockey coach.
May 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - It was a quiet evening by this city's standards, and still the police emergency lines were lighting up. As screams rang out behind her, a caller said her neighbor was being beaten. A woman reported that a front door down the street had been bashed in by a possible intruder. Another said a family member with a knife and supply of methamphetamine was threatening to kill herself. By 7:30 p.m. there were 40 calls requiring squad cars on the eastern half of town but no officers available to respond.
April 30, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Climate change is causing glaciers to melt, heat waves to become more intense, species to become extinct and low-lying island nations like Tuvalu to disappear altogether. To this list of calamities , U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee has added another: Climate change could force more women to become prostitutes. That warning is contained in a resolution the California Democrat introduced in Congress on Friday. In House Concurrent Resolution 36 , Rep. Lee and 11 co-sponsors note that warming temperatures could push as many as 3 billion people into poverty by the year 2050.
April 22, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court was asked Monday whether Congress violated the 1st Amendment when it required global groups fighting AIDS to explicitly oppose prostitution and sexual trafficking as a condition of receiving federal grants. Several of the groups, including the Alliance for Open Society International, objected to the requirement, not because they favored prostitution. They said it would interfere with their work. They seek to encourage women, including prostitutes, to come to their clinics for testing and treatment.
March 31, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A man and a woman who allegedly forced a 14-year-old runaway to walk the streets near Knott's Berry Farm as a prostitute have been charged under a recently approved law that toughens penalties for human trafficking. Under the new law, Chuncey Tarae Garcia, 33, could face life in prison if convicted of human trafficking of a minor by force or fear. He and Cierra Melissa Robinson, 27, Garcia's alleged accomplice, are in the first wave of people in California and the first in Orange County to be charged with human trafficking since the state's adoption of Proposition 35. Garcia is accused of being a pimp and teaming with Robinson, who prosecutors say worked for him as his highest-ranking prostitute.
March 28, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 33-year-old man accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution is the first person in Orange County to be charged under an anti-human-trafficking law passed by California voters in November. Chuncey Tarae Garcia has been charged with felony counts of human trafficking of a minor by force or fear, pimping a minor and forcible rape, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Garcia is accused of being a pimp and working with Cierra Melissa Robinson, 27, who is accused of working for him as a prostitute.
March 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
An insurance agent was sentenced to 20 days in jail for his role in a large-scale prostitution operation housed in a Zumba studio in the scenic beach community of Kennebunk, Maine, officials said Thursday. The Zumba prostitution case attracted national, even international, media attention because of its size. It attracted more than 150 clients, some prominent, in the town of about 10,000. Many of the details, including the sale of sex in a fitness studio and the filming of some of the encounters, rattled the bucolic town, down the road from the Bush family compound.
March 8, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A Moreno Valley school board member who was convicted of running a prostitution ring out of his home - once flashing his district business card to recruit a young woman - was sentenced Friday to 14 years in state prison. Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Brusselback said Mike Rios' actions and his total lack of remorse called for a stiff prison sentence. Rios continues to insist he was the victim of a political vendetta, which Brusselback said was evidence of a "warped sense of reality.
March 7, 2013 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
A woman found dead face down in the sand in Newport Beach faced prostitution charges in three states and gave birth shortly before a stint in jail earlier this year, according to public records and interviews. Tina Hoang, 20, had been arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related crimes in California, Nevada and Florida, court papers show. The Bellflower resident, whose death was listed as "suspicious" by police, was arrested as recently as December on suspicion of prostitution and had at least a dozen open cases against her in Orange and Los Angeles counties, her attorney said.
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