12 arrested in SC prostitution invest...

12 arrested in SC prostitution investigation

There are 646 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 11, 2008, titled 12 arrested in SC prostitution investigation. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Santa Cruz police arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in prostitution after a month-long investigation that used plain-clothed officers and information gathered from the Internet.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Santa Cruz Sentinel.

First Prev
of 33
Next Last
Stephen A

Alameda, CA

#1 Mar 11, 2008
C'mon... What websites? What social networks? And dammit, locals should get a free pass here: Arrest the Oakland and Sacto and Valley hos & pimps, but let our locals go free!


#2 Mar 11, 2008
"Well behaved women seldom make history"
Carl Bendix

New York, NY

#3 Mar 11, 2008
Too bad this for the most part victimless crime.
I'd like to see this much effort put towards anti-theft stings, anti-fraud stings, anti-rape stings, anti-road rage stings, etc.

Boulder Creek, CA

#4 Mar 11, 2008
I am not saying I condone the actions of those arrested but the police REALLY had to go on a hunting expedition to find these "criminals". They were advertising on remote websites, not standing out on the corner waving down cars in their scantily clad bodies. Come on, SCPD - surely you've got a better use of your time and our tax dollars!
now well behaved

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Mar 11, 2008
Some folks just see prostitution as a annoyance and not a real crime. This is not so. From personal experience, and speaking with others in the business, it is degrading. Glorification of prostitution in movies and the media does not give a real perspective of the "business". Prostitution is just the beginning of many other troubles and problems in an area. I am glad there is a crackdown. This could potentially be the best thing to happen to those women and men. They have a chance of a free life. Praise God!

And if you think I'm wrong - how come we rarely hear about women who used to prostitute? If it was so great and or glorious, or not so demeaning and wrong wouldn't more folks come out of the closet and admit to being in that life? Pot smokers, drug dealers, and others who have criminal activity are open about their past. But why not whores? Because society has the attitude of once a whore always a whore. Sad but true.
Old Guy

San Francisco, CA

#6 Mar 11, 2008
Now Well Behaved, you are absolutely correct about the societal attitude, which is sad because as they say "it takes two to tango". Personally, I wouldn't go to a hooker but it's not because I'm some sort of high road kind of guy. I'm scared to death of all the disease out there, my wife would kill me and take half my crap if she ever found out, and really, I'm not so sure I could get it up under those conditions. Stage fright, ya know, so I'd be out a hundred or so dollars and nothing to show for it. When you think about it, I'm paying for it anyway, putting up with that old bag of mine, so what's the difference? I say let the hookers go free and make their own choices, but the have to live with the consequences.
lower ocean heights

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Mar 11, 2008
maybe you folks that think SCPD 'surely has a better use of your time and our tax dollars' would like these womean and men prowling your neighborhood???
this is a serious problem, and when out of town pimps bring in out of town women to work for the weekend, the pimps obviously know there's easy money to be made.
this problem needs to be managed before summer hits full stride. by then SCPD is simply doing tourist crowd control at the beach and unable to focus their attention on patrolling lower Ocean.

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Mar 11, 2008
I think most of those who say prostitution is acceptable, do not have it going on in their neighborhoods. Fortunately, I do not have to live in a neighborhood where prostitution is taking place. It is interesting that the business is so good in Santa Cruz, we attract hookers from out of the area.

Kansas City, MO

#9 Mar 11, 2008
How about the SCPD put more focus and attention on the violent act of rape, a crime which is much more damaging to all victims involved.
As recently recently reported in the Sentinel in a story that was backed by a complete set of statistics, our SCPD is and has been doing a terrible job on convicting for this crime. This has been an issue for years...

Pleasant Hill, CA

#10 Mar 11, 2008
This sounds like lazy work. Too easy to catch people wanting to have sex. Get the heroin dealers.

Brisbane, CA

#11 Mar 11, 2008
I have to wonder why, in era of internet/cell phone hookups in this business, do people still choose to operate in areas known for it in the past? I have observed this new business model and it is definitely an improvement in its impact on the neighborhood. Steetwalkers actually do walk now instead of standing and soliciting in advertisement attire. But if they would disperse their business connections in a wider geographic area, it would become even less noticeable.

El Sobrante, CA

#12 Mar 11, 2008
selling guns is legal in Santa Cruz, but selling sex is illegal. Think about.

Daly City, CA

#13 Mar 11, 2008
12 arrests in a month? Wow, that is something to be proud of. About one every three days. What a waste of money and officers time. I could catch 12 in a day. What kind of sting did they pull? One day one, two days off like the fire dept. work schedules.
You will never rid this area of the oldest profession in the world as long as the Boardwalk is in business. If you want to curb it you have to do a better job than 12 arrests in a month.

Daly City, CA

#14 Mar 11, 2008
I am from santa cruz not oakland . whats up with that?
Chris F

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Mar 11, 2008
All that police time and energy, all those arrests... don't be patting yourselves on your backs too much, SCPD. If you get more than plea bargains or dismissals, then yeah, give yourselves a high-five. Right now, it's just decent PR in the local paper.

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#16 Mar 11, 2008
I'm queasy about using our police/hours/dollars to go on the internet and attempt to hook up with hookers. This sounds like an endless dump of time/money and has the faint smell of entrapment.

I fully understand the Lower Ocean Street neighbors not wanting street walkers in their neighborhood. I've been mistaken for a hooker myself while walking in these areas and it's not fun. In fact, it's kind of scary. I would prefer the prostitutes go back to the massage parlors where they are off the streets and in a place where they have some security.
going for some reason

Watsonville, CA

#17 Mar 11, 2008
Thank you SCPD. This neighborhood desperately needs your attention.

To all the people who think that this is a waste time, I invite you to come stay a while in the lower Ocean neighborhood. I don't think that keeping prostitutes and pimps from working in front of young children is a waste of time or taxpayer dollars.
Thank You

Santa Cruz, CA

#18 Mar 11, 2008
I donít mind the prostitutes; itís the Johns that bother me. The women ignore me unless Iím driving a truck, then itís funny to watch their faces as they realize Iím a woman and not going to pick them up. Itís the guys pulling up and offering me money for sex that annoys me. What if I was 17? Should our young women be subjected to that kind of thing? I think itís another case of legalize it, tax it and regulate it. Get it off the street. It makes me angry when Iím approached like that, but also scared. What if some man gets angry when I say no? How does that affect a younger woman? Should my friendís 14 year old daughter have to avoid certain areas, even in daylight? What are my sons learning watching the same woman get into different cars all day long? Yeah SCPD! Please do that every week. Letís let people buying and selling sex know this is not acceptable on the streets of Santa Cruz.
common sense

Oakland, CA

#19 Mar 11, 2008
many people willing to say that this was a wate of time. Did you skip the part about selling a minor for sex. This disgusting what if it was your kid would you not want the police to stop it. Nice work SCPD

San Jose, CA

#20 Mar 11, 2008
Lower Ocean just needs to be bulldozed to the ground, and high-dollar tourism condo's should be built instead. Then the hookers and gang bangers couldn't afford to cram into those dumps. Its good the police were successful in a sting. But, yes, anti-theft, anti-drug, anti-gang would be a much better effort. Prostitution can be victimless, but it sucks to have it in your backyard. Now if it were legal in regulated bordellos with regular VD testing, that would be another story.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 33
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Santa Cruz Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Dan Harper: Growing old is not for the faint of... (Aug '08) 10 hr Curious Cat 11
News Michael McClish charged with murder of Joanna "... (May '08) Mar 16 yidfellas v USA 397
News Oscar Rios' Accusers Speak, As He Resigns Mar 11 Guadalupe 5
News Grand jury indicts 13 alleged members of San Jo... (May '08) Mar 9 Slim loc 1 123
News Alleged gang member Manuel Rosas charged with m... (Dec '09) Mar 8 Waynes mom 4
News Man arrested in drug, weapons raid makes bail, ... (Dec '09) Mar 8 JAFO 211
News Immigration issues arise at Santa Cruz police m... (Jun '10) Feb 28 Guadalupe 295

Santa Cruz Jobs

Personal Finance

Santa Cruz Mortgages