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Man Sues Prostitute for $1.8 Million Because of Poor Service

Hubert Blackman, a New York college student, is suing a Las Vegas escort service for poor service he received from a prostitute.

During a December vacation to Las Vegas, Blackman decided to order a stripper from Las Vegas Exclusive Personals. Blackman paid the stripper $155 for a lap dance, and another $120 to perform a sex act.

The following morning, Blackman called the escort service demanding his money back because he was unhappy with the services received. According to Blackman, the stripper only stayed for 30 minutes, rather than the agreed upon hour. He also claims to need medical attention for a condition related to the sexual encounter.

When Las Vegas Exclusive Personals refused to refund Blackman’s money, he went to the police for help despite the fact that prostitution in illegal in Las Vegas. Much to his disappointment, Las Vegas police threatened to arrest Blackman for committing an act of prostitution.

Upon returning to New York, Blackman filed a lawsuit against Las Vegas Exclusive Personals asking for his $275 back, as well as an additional $1.8 million for the “traumatic” events he endured. He claims it was the stripper who solicited the sex act, but also admits to knowing it was illegal at the time.

The escort company claims to offer only adult dancers, not prostitution.

Criminal Defense Attorney, Avery Appelman, ponders whether there was full disclosure between client and attorney in this case. “By filing this suit, Blackman is fully admitting that he broke the law,” says Appelman. “In effect, he’s completely exposing himself to prosecution. This is not a smart move.”

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Greg Carr on Trial for Running Multi-Million Dollar Miami Prostitution Ring

Greg Carr Miami CompanionsOn January 8, 2011 prosecutors were ordered to hand over a “black book” computer disc naming 30,000 names linked to a Florida prostitution ring. The ring in question was based in Florida but extended to other major U.S. cities such as Chicago and Detroit, as well as Mexico and Costa Rica.

The primary suspect on trial is Greg Carr (aka Paul Cutlass), who has been charged with running the decade-long, multi-million dollar prostitution ring. Also involved is Carr’s ex-wife, Laurie, the Madame of the operation.

Laurie Carr has made a plea deal with the prosecution and will be the key witness against her former husband. If she cooperates, Madame Carr will face a 12 month prison sentence. Greg Carr, on the other hand, faces a multitude of charges that could yield 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Through his company, Miami Companions, Carr rented extravagant beach houses all over the country and set up prostitution transactions, wherein clients exchanged money for sex. The company charged $500 or more per hour for their services and, at its high point, arranged 100 appointments per day. This led to incredible revenues and a lavish lifestyle for the Carrs. That is, until the ring was busted wide open by police last July.

Judge Arthur Tarnow ordered prosecutors to hand over the “black book” to the defense provided that its contents are not copied, or shared with anyone other than the defendant (Greg Carr). The prosecution was reluctant to hand the information over to the defense out of fear for the clients named within. Many of these people will be testifying and, in sensitive cases such as this, witness intimidation is always a concern.

The trial date has been set for March 22, 2011.

“Miami Companions was not a traditional pimp/prostitute system like the recently busted Minneapolis Somali Prostitution Ring,” says Criminal Trial Lawyer, Avery Appelman. “This was a high end service that women willingly sought out because of the good pay. Is this what we really want to be spending our tax dollars on when there are much worse cases of child exploitation and prostitution?”

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Prostitution in Minnesota Part 3 of 4: Cities, Counties, & Consequences

Prostitution in MinnesotaWelcome back to Appelman Law Firm’s “Prostitution in Minnesota” blog series. Last week we enlightened you to the procedures surrounding prostitution stings in Minnesota. In this third installment, we will examine the Minnesota cities and counties in which these prostitution stings occur and the varying consequences specific to each location.

Police and prosecutors who run prostitution sting operations hone in on distinct areas of the Twin Cities metro. Court records reveal the following cities to be the most targeted: Richfield, Bloomington, Minneapolis, Burnsville, Lakeville, Saint Paul, and Plymouth. These cities fall categorically into three counties: Dakota County, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County. The consequences for prostitution offenses vary slightly by county.

Consequences by County for First-Time Prostitution Offenders

Dakota County

  • A judge-recommended 10 days in jail
  • Completion of a psychosexual evaluation (usually reserved for sex offenders)

Ramsey/Hennepin County

  • Stay of imposition for vacate & dismissal (The prosecutor will look for you to plead guilty to a prostitution related offense. Upon satisfactory completion of all terms of the judge’s sentence, the plea will be vacated and case dismissed, thus purging your criminal record of the offense).
  • Mandatory attendance of a one day prostitution recovery class

There are also state-wide penalties that transcend county lines and affect all prostitution offenders in the state. Generally, a first time prostitution offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. In addition, offenders are charged a penalty assessment of $250. A vehicle used to facilitate the crime can also be impounded, held, and ultimately sold by the state with proceeds going to the law enforcement agency responsible for the arrest and vehicle seizure.

As with Minnesota DWIs, a prostitution charge is an “enhanceable offense,” meaning subsequent convictions yield greater penalties. A second time offense in two years is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment and/or a $1,500 – $3,000 fine.

Along with the criminal consequences, there are also many civil consequences that come with a prostitution offense. A prostitution conviction stays on an offender’s criminal record. It is possible offenders will have to explain the charge when applying for jobs or renting an apartment. Likewise, a person with a prostitution conviction is barred from a number of activities involving children, for example coaching a youth soccer team.

The best possible defense against a prostitution charge is to simply not do it. If you or someone you know is addicted to prostitution, the best course of action is to seek help. The following is a list of several prostitution recovery programs: Minnesota Recovery, Sexual Recovery Institute, Recovery Connection.

Tune in next week for the final installment of Appelman Law Firm’s “Prostitution in Minnesota” blog series, where we’ll explain the best avenues of defense for prostitution charges.

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Prostitution in Minnesota Part 2 of 4: Procedures

Prostitution in MinnesotaWelcome back to Appelman Law Firm’s “Prostitution in Minnesota” blog series. Last week we outlined the crime of prostitution in Minnesota by defining key terminology. Here we’ll delve more deeply into the procedures surrounding prostitution—specifically how police go about setting up and arresting patrons.

The business of prostitution has changed drastically in the past decade, shifting from the streets to the internet. Sites like Craigslist and Backpage offer an easy way for prostitutes to advertise their services, and an even easier way for patrons to find exactly what they want. Other sites, like The Erotic Review, allow patrons to read reviews of prostitutes written by people who’ve utilized their services.

Police operations that focus on trapping patrons will often post fake advertisements on these and other sites, offering sexual favors for money. The language used in these advertisements is coded. For example, you won’t find someone offering a “blowjob for 20 bucks.” Instead advertisements offer massages or use regional terminology as code for certain sexual favors (e.g. Greek=anal sex, French=oral sex).

Most police prostitution stings operate on a two-call system. When a prospective patron calls the number posted on a fake advertisement, the initial information exchanged is very general. The officer posing as a prostitute will give the patron a general location at which to meet (e.g. hwy 42 and I-35 in Burnsville). The patron will then have to call again, once in the area, to get a specific location (e.g. Holiday Inn, Rm. 231). All calls are recorded and used as evidence.

Once the patron arrives at the designated location (usually a hotel room that is wired and video recorded from an adjacent room), the undercover officer will entice conversation regarding the patron’s desires by asking questions like: “What are you interested in?” or “Is it ok if you use a condom?” Such statements ensure the recorded conversation covers the required sex-for-money elements of the crime.

The officer will then request that the patron place his payment or “donation” on the bedside table (or somewhere in the room). When the patron does so, the crime of prostitution has been committed. The undercover officer gives the arrest signal, and the rest of the surveillance team enters the room and places the patron under arrest. The entire conversation between the patron and the undercover officer is video recorded and used as evidence for the prosecution.

These prostitution stings are set up by police with help from prosecutors. They are crafted around what prosecutors will ask defendants in the courtroom. It is a process predicated on deception.

You may be surprised at the locations in which police choose to conduct these stings. Instead of targeting specific people or groups of people, they hone in on a handful of Minnesota cities and counties. To find out where this is happening and why, tune in next week for our third installment of “Prostitution in Minnesota.”

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