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Video Vigilante catches prostitutes, johns in the act

There are 41 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 6, 2008, titled Video Vigilante catches prostitutes, johns in the act. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It was a bright blue winter morning in this Bible Belt capital, and Brian Bates was happy.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Mar 6, 2008
This is great.. someone should do it in Chicago...

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 6, 2008
or Cicero should I say..

Skokie, IL

#3 Mar 6, 2008
If he did this in Chicago or Cicero he'd be dead in about 4 weeks time. There are some very rough pimps out in the steets who'd soon put a bullet in his head as drink a soda.

Chicago, IL

#4 Mar 6, 2008
Prostitution is the oldest business on the planet. It's not going to go away. It should be legalized, regulated and taxed. ...At least in the blue states.

Lemont, IL

#5 Mar 6, 2008
It might work where he's at, but previous commenters are right; it would go on for about 5 minutes here. At that point he'd find out that giving a 'life sentence' for solicitation gets you a death sentence outside the Bible belt.

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 6, 2008
Bates belittles him for failing to wear a wedding band and asks, "What's going through your head, buddy?"

... "The sweet, attractive woman I married 15 years ago has morphed into a fat, ugly bi**h. And I'm horny!"

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 6, 2008

United States

#8 Mar 6, 2008
Looking forward to reading Brian's obituary. What a dick.

Columbia, MO

#9 Mar 6, 2008
So what he is doing is being a hooker himself,selling ads,promoting himself on Maury and getting 250.00 a pop for the videos on TV...he's doing better than some hookers moneywise.....

United States

#10 Mar 6, 2008
I'm almost surprised crook county or Chicago hasn't legalized prostuition
so they can tax it

They'd make more than from a casino.

United States

#11 Mar 6, 2008
I think it's kind of creepy. What kind of guy drives around with a camcorder sticking his nose in other people's business? Is he really making a difference, or just getting his jollies stalking people? Why doesn't he try to help prostitutes in a more constructive, less sensational way?
YB Normal

United States

#12 Mar 6, 2008
My bet is he's playing with himself half the time he's taping.
Sharon Husbands

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Mar 6, 2008
Seems like the wh*res aren't all in front of the cameras . . .

Reedsburg, WI

#14 Mar 6, 2008
Let's be realistic, the street walkers are mostly druggies and the very poor. If he stands in front of some of the nicest hotels in Chicago, you can watch every night, at a certain time, how some very beautiful women, dressed seductively, make their way through lobbies. No one's looking there, or if they are, they ignore it.

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 6, 2008
The things people will do to make themselves feel powerful. He's just as much a prostitute than those women he films.

Tavares, FL

#17 Mar 6, 2008
What an absolute jerk. The people he follows should sue for harrassment. Vigilantes are the worst kind of people. They decide for themselves what lays ought to and ought not to be obeyed.

Quincy, IL

#18 Mar 6, 2008
What is Brian hiding in his closet?

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 6, 2008
Wow people... how would you feel if you walked out your door with your 4 year old and there was a prostitute and her john going at it parked in your driveway?? Would you just do nothing?? Would you rely on law enforcement that by the time they show up the perpetrators are long gone??

Wifes would you want to know if your husband was patronizing prostitutes??

I salute this guy for not being apathetic and taking action and taking back his neighborhood.. maybe the rest of you should get off your asses and do something for your community and world..

or are you pimps or johns??

United States

#20 Mar 6, 2008
This guy isn't trying to help anybody but himself. Great little side business he's got going on. Making money off the prostitutes. In the end, prostitution isn't going away, and he's just lining his pockets with money made from prostitution. Yes, he is profiting from prostitution. What a hero! Does he have a bat cave and a bat mobile?
old sarge

Largo, FL

#21 Mar 6, 2008
Maybe "Video Voyeur" is more appropos than "vigilante?"

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