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The Medium Is the Massage

Summary: Holy crap, Batman -- there's prostitution in them thar hills! Reporter: Brenda Waters, KDKA Channel 2 Airtime: 2 minutes, 2 seconds on Sept. 26 Visuals: * A "bordello" where -- oh my God -- sex for money was taking place. * One of the alleged prostitutes in custody wearing a "Pink Univ." sweatshirt. Highlights: * When anchor Ken Rice reveals, "The operators of several so-called 'massage parlors' are under arrest after overnight raids. Investigators say they uncovered a prostitution ring that may have involved women who are in the country illegally. * Waters: "For some living in the areas where the raids took place, they are surprised. Others asked me today what took the police so long, claiming they knew about the alleged illegal activity for years." * When a male Moon Township resident says, "I'm shocked. I'm really shocked. I didn't know that was even goin' on there. ... It's unreal." * Waters: "It may seem unreal. But under the cover of darkness, officers from Moon Township and Monroeville raided three locations. They were supposed to be massage parlors, with names like 'The Pine Tree Spa' and the 'Sports Health Spa.' This place didn't even have a name. But the same thing was supposed to be going on here." * When Moon Township police Chief Leo McCarthy says, "In May, earlier this year, officers ... and the Allegheny County District Attorney's office began an undercover operation to investigate suspected prostitution operations involving multiple locations." * Waters: "According to the 10 criminal complaints, the women are listed as "Asian" under "race." And investigators say undercover officers received sex acts for money from various girls in each establishment [!!!]. The location in Monroeville hit a little close to this man." * When an aghast Monroeville man remarks, "I heard on the news this morning that there was a raid -- a prostitution raid -- and it was like, they said the address, and I said, 'Oh my God, that's right next door to my mother-in-law! And she's lived her for 58 years ... no clue whatsoever." * Waters: "Police say this investigation is ongoing and still developing." What We Learned: It wouldn't be a crime story without the obligatory SHOCKED neighbor. Unanswered Question: How do police officers decide which ones get to have sex for the sake of "criminal justice"? News Value: 5. Decent spot news, Ms. Waters. But I swear I saw this on an episode of CSI: Miami.

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