Seattle-area bikini coffee stand owner charged with prostitution

A Seattle-area business owner has been charged with promoting prostitution and money laundering, after allegedly using her baristas in a bikini coffee stand to sell sex acts.

Snohomish County prosecutors say Carmela Panico, a 52-year-old former nude dancer, banked more than $2 million in three years with her illicit business.

Her baristas made money mostly on tips, saying they could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said. The women said they could make up to $14 for baring their breasts or genitals and charged more for sex acts, according to charging documents.

“Panico’s businesses were driven by prostitution and lewd behavior,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Bob Hendrix wrote in the documents. Panico was charged Thursday, the newspaper reported.

Panico’s attorney said she has left the coffee business.

Prosecutors allege she avoided paying full taxes on her earnings by dealing in large amounts of cash. Authorities seized nearly $250,000 in a raid on her home last year.

A veteran sheriff’s sergeant, Darrell O’Neill, has also been implicated in the affair. Officials claim he tipped off Panico and her workers to police scrutiny in exchange for sexual favors, KIRO reports.

Court documents say that Panico could deduct money if the women failed to wear high heels throughout their shifts, did not have a tan or failed to put on makeup.

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U.N. Commission Calls for Legalizing Prostitution Worldwide

A report issued by the United Nations-backed Global Commission on HIV and the Law; recommends that nations around the world get rid of “punitive” laws against prostitution – or what it calls “consensual sex work” — and decriminalize the voluntary use of illegal injection drugs in order to combat the HIV epidemic.

The commission, which is made up of 15 former heads of state, legal scholars and HIV/AIDS activists, was convened in 2010 by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and is jointly backed by the United Nations Development Programme and UNAIDS – the Joint U.N. Programme on AIDS/HIV.

The commission recommends repealing all laws that prohibit “adult consensual sex work,” as well as clearly distinguishing in law and practice between sexual trafficking and prostitution.

The report–“HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health”–cites a recommendation by the International Labour Organization, which recommends that “sex work” should be recognized as an occupation in order to be regulated “in a way that protects workers and customers.”

Specifically, the commission wants to:

— “Decriminalise private and consensual adult sexual behaviours, including same-sex sexual acts and voluntary sex work.”

— “Reform approaches towards drug use. Rather than punishing people who use drugs but do no harm to others, governments must offer them access to elective HIV and health services, including harm reduction programmes and voluntary, evidence-based treatment for drug dependence.”

— “Work with the guardians of customary and religious law to promote traditions and religious practice that promote rights and acceptance of diversity and that protect privacy.”

The commission calls laws against prostitution “bad laws,” and said criminalizing injecting drug use and prostitution stands in the way of “effective HIV responses.”

“Laws that criminalize and dehumanize populations at the highest risk of HIV–including men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and injecting drug users–drive people underground, away from essential health services and heighten their risk of HIV,” the commission said in a July 9 press release announcing the report.

The commission says 116 countries and territories have punitive laws against sex work and 80 countries or territories have some legal protections for sex workers.

According to the report: “Some governments deploy anti-human trafficking laws so broadly that they conflate voluntary and consensual exchanges of sex for money with the exploitative, coerced, often violent trafficking of people (primarily women and girls) for the purposes of sex.”

The report quotes Secretary-General Ban, who stated his support in 2009 for removing all laws which criminalize “sex workers” – or prostitutes.

“I urge all countries to remove punitive laws, policies and practices that hamper the AIDS response,” Ban said. “Successful AIDS responses do not punish people: they protect them. We must ensure that AIDS responses are based on evidence, not ideology, and reach those most in need and most affected.” Comments: Well, it’s about time… But sadly, I doubt many countries will change their draconian laws regarding prostitution due to too many religious nut jobs wielding their political clout (but, being the hypocrites they are, secretly using prostitutes themselves)

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Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord dies in London

Keyboard player Jon Lord, who fused classical and heavy metal to make Deep Purple one of the biggest rock bands in the world, died Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

The musician suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He announced last year that he was being treated for cancer.

Lord, who was born in Leicester, England, on June 9, 1941, co-wrote some of Deep Purple’s most famous tunes, including “Smoke on the Water,” and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002.

The statement posted on Lord’s website said he died “surrounded by his loving family.”

At its heyday in the 1970s, Deep Purple was as big as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, selling more than 100 million albums.

He retired from the band in 2002, and spent the following years working on solo material and collaborating with others, including work last year on a single by the supergroup WhoCares, featuring Purple singer Ian Gillan, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. Comments: Deep Purple was one of my favorite rock bands growing up and one of the early ‘heavy metal’ bands. They were also one of the first rock bands to prominently feature a Hammond B-3 organ (played by Lord) in their songs and jams.  And they really could jam with Lord on B-3 and Richie Blackmore on guitar. Check out the live album ‘Made in Japan’ to hear them at full throttle. All of the songs have awesome playing and singing and they play all their hits, smoke on the water, highway star, space truckin, child in time, etc.  I saw them once in Atlanta in 2007, long after Lord and Blackmore were out of the band, but they still sounded GREAT.

And AMAZINGLY, Deep Purple is NOT in the Rock n Roll Hall of fame, not even nominated. And Darlene Love (never even heard of her?) and Patti Smith are ???

Rest well Jon, you will be missed.

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12 arrested in Mount Laurel,NJ prostitution sting

MOUNT LAUREL— Twelve men were arrested here this week after township police conducted a reverse prostitution sting at a hotel on Route 73.

Police Chief Dennis Cribben Jr. said the operation, done in conjunction with officers from Cherry Hill and Westampton, was part of an ongoing effort to eliminate the sex for sale business at the township’s 26 hotels and motels.

Cribben said an ad was posted online with a phone number to call. The calls were answered by a police officer posing as a prostitute.

Appointments were then set up at the hotel, which Cribben would not identify.

“The phone started ringing about 10 minutes after the ad went up,” said Cribben. “Within six hours, we arrested 11 men from South Jersey and one from Pennsylvania. And there were multiple other interested parties that we couldn’t get to.”

The 12 men, ranging in age from 25 to 57, are from a number of towns including Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Medford and Pennsauken.

They were all charged with engaging in prostitution and two were also slapped with loitering charges.

“With the cluster of hotels we have in Mount Laurel, this type of crime is, unfortunately, a convenient one. But we will continue to work diligently until these prostitution organizations are eliminated,” Cribben said.

The operation was funded in part by MAGLOCLEN (Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network), a national network of law enforcement coalitions from around the country.

Adult-US Comments: I can’t believe that this isn’t entrapment and is a complete waste of law enforcement resources and taxpayer money. Surely there is more serious crime occurring in New Jersey then this… When is the US going to get off it’s Victorian high horse and decriminalize or legalize prostitution. When done correctly, it is a VICTIMLESS crime and also the only crime where money alone makes an activity a crime. Many countries in Europe and South America have legalized prostitution and hasn’t caused any problems, in fact it has made it much safer for both parties involved and also generates revenue.

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Woman reports rape at gay strip club Swinging Richards in Atlanta

Atlanta police are investigating a report of a woman who was allegedly raped by two dancers at Swinging Richards.

The club along Northside Drive is widely known as a gay strip club in Atlanta.

The victim told officers she was raped at the club by two strippers around midnight on June 9.

She told officers she had seven shots before heading to the club that night. She admitted to being intoxicated at the club during the incident, according to Atlanta police reports.

The woman claimed to have bought a lap dance from one of the strippers sometime before midnight.

She also recalled having several of the strippers walk her to the bar, according to police reports.

After paying for a dance, she told officers she remembered being escorted to the VIP room with two to three strippers.

While in the VIP room, the victim said the strippers began having sex with her on the table, according to police reports.

Another customer at the club told investigators he witnessed the woman giving a stripper oral sex.

The victim told police she could not identify the men in the incident. Comments: I am sure the 7 shot she had ‘before’ she even arrived had nothing to do with this. And I guess not all the dancers are gay there…

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Houstons Strip Clubs Hit by New ‘Pole Tax’

The city of Houston is turning to an unusual source to help fund rape investigations: strip clubs.

The City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that requires strip clubs to pay a $5-per-visitor fee to help pay for the analysis of biological evidence collected from rape victims in hopes of identifying their attackers.

Supporters of the ordinance, which was supported by Mayor Annise Parker and approved on a 14-1 vote, contend that strip clubs should shoulder some of the costs of rape investigations because the establishments can cultivate unhealthy attitudes toward women that can lead to sexual assaults.

The fee would also apply to clubs that stage occasional adult entertainment, such as “a wet T-shirt contest or naked sushi contest,” according to the ordinance, which states all the revenue is to go toward processing rape kits.

There are an estimated 30 clubs subject to the tax.

Critics strongly question attempts to tie strip clubs to violence against women, calling the fee unfair. “There is no known correlation between people going to nice, high-end gentlemen’s clubs and rape,” said Albert Van Huff, a Houston lawyer who represents local strip clubs.

A 2009 report by the University of Texas at Austin concluded that no study has “authoritatively linked alcohol, sexually oriented businesses, and the perpetration of violence.”

This is so absurd, blaming strip clubs for rapes that occur anywhere in Houston ! I can’t believe this is even legal. Using this logic, they should also tax all the rap videos, most movies and TV shows, and virtually the whole ‘entertainment’ industry which is totally saturated with sexual content and innuendo…

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Rick’s Cabaret Strip Club in Midtown Manhattan now offers Weekend Brunch

MIDTOWN — It’s a brunch with a view.

Rick’s Cabaret, the notorious strip club steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan, has caved to demand from customers who want exotic dancers on a Sunday morning.

The steamy spot will now serve a cover-free brunch on weekends.

“For many years we opened at 4 p.m. on the weekends, but our customers have asked us to get things going earlier, so we are granting them their wish,” said Ken Sistrunk, general manager of the three-story club at 50 W. 33rd St.

Rick’s has a legion of clubs around the country, though its Midtown location is currently the only one offering a brunch special.

The $15 prix fixe menu from the club’s surprisingly well-rated kitchen includes brunch standards like eggs benedict, whole wheat pancakes, croque monsieur and a variety of salads — all served up by busty waitresses.

There’s also a few lunch items on the menu, including hamburgers and mac n’ cheese.

In case you’re looking for something a little healthier, there’s granola, yogurt and fresh fruit on the menu.

The price also includes a cocktail, with Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Mojitos among the offerings.

“Not only will the food be great because it is prepared in our Zagat-rated kitchen, but the view during the brunch will be the best in New York City with our dozens of gorgeous entertainers strutting their stuff,” Sistrunk said.

The brunch launched this past weekend to a large collection of longtime loyal customers, according to a spokesman.

A performer who goes by the name Gianna said most customers enjoyed the food and, after a number of mimosas, everyone was getting into the swing.

“You would never know it was actually daytime outside,” she said.

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