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Arizona Cops Publicize All Phone Contacts of Suspected Sex Businesses

A prostitution witch hunt in Tucson uncovered ample police corruption, yet it's the civil liberties of citizens suffering a blow.

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This week in serious civil-liberties violations in the name of stopping sex, the city of Tucson, Arizona, has released information on hundreds of people with "ties" to suspected sex workers. The move is part of a years-long investigation into a handful of massage parlors that may offer more than just muscle-pain relief. Obviously, such nefarious criminal activity (hand jobs—for money? the horror!) warrants extreme measures, which is why Tucson cops couldn't just stop after raiding the six massage parlors in January and seizing the owners' assets. Now the department has publicized the names of all the phone contacts stored in 15 cellphones seized during the raids. 

"The inclusion of information in this list is in no way indicative of involvement in criminal activity," said Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor. 

That should make the named contacts feel better, right? We're not saying you're necessarily criminals and whores, just that you might be…

Tucson police have also released the names of 14 alleged customers of the "illicit massage parlors," because getting a massage is apparently now grounds for public shaming at the hands of the state. (Due process? LOL.) And despite the fact that no arrests have been made, the state has seized one home, two vehicles, $15,000 in cash, and a bevy of personal property from those suspected of heading up the alleged prostitution ring. 

Meanwhile, two Tucson police officers have resigned and five more are on leave due to suspected involvement with the massage parlors. The names of the officers won't be released until a full investigation and appeals process has been resolved, Villaseñor reported in June. 

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  1. What idiot gives his contact info to a massage parlor?

    1. Since these guys were people who called a phone line associated with the parlor without blocking their caller id, I’m not sure why your question is relevant.

      1. Good point.

        *buys caller id blocking service*

      2. yeah, but what if they called to see if it was a legit place, for their husbands?

        1. No,shit. If I had a nickel for every time I called a massage parlor just to see if it was legit…

          Seriously, would they ask “do you do happy endings?” Or “is a rub-n-tug on the menu?”

          I think the only way to find out is to go and experience it. Like the cops in Honolulu always did before busting the women.

          1. Sloop,

            I read somewhere that they offered Sad Endings

            /hat tip to GILMORE for introducing me to Cyanide & Happiness Shorts

            1. Wow. That was really horrible.

    2. Lets just publish the info of all cops that use sexual services instead. That would change the equation.

  2. Nobody publishing the list reaffirms my belief in humanity.

    The Arizona Daily Star is not releasing the list of names and phone numbers as no one on it has been arrested or charged with a crime.

    Although they do provide a snapshot of the demographic.

    A total of 14 men – including two Davis-Monthan airmen, two Border Patrol agents, three firefighters, a teacher and a pastor ? have been named as the most frequent customers of the brothels.

    1. there’s a lot of stress to be relieved in those positions…

  3. I wonder how much money they spent discovering that some rub places are actually rub n tug places?

    I mean, didn’t they know that already? And, if they did, didn’t they see that it wasn’t tearing down the walls of society?

    1. didn’t they see that it wasn’t tearing down the walls of society?

      Not the point. Cash. And property that can be turned into cash. That’s the point.

  4. I am telling ya, if more guys got “happy endings” more frequently, this world would be a better place!!

  5. Maybe massage parlors ought to just start bartering. A happy ending is worth a couple of Pandora charms, a gift certificate to Outback, or a free oil change and car wash. To get a blow job, a pair of 1ct TW diamond earrings, a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris, or a complete car detail. After all, isn’t that what every relationship is based on? I pay for dinner, a few drinks and some fancy bauble, and I get laid.

    1. I’m pretty sure “the man” has already got that angle covered.

      Unless it’s your third time to take them to dinner, they’re gonna bust you.

    2. The only way around the pay-for-sex angle is to get a film permit (aka pay off city hall) and film it.

      1. Didn’t a few people try this angle and still get busted for prostitution because of the permit thingy?

        A permit that can be arbitrarily handed out, I might add.

    3. Like the old joke,
      “…..we already established what you are, now we are just haggling over the price!”

    4. You are talking about the old sex for security scam. Sometimes they get busted too…

      http://www.theonion.com/articl…..-scam-1773

  6. the city of Tucson, Arizona, has released information on hundreds of people with “ties” to suspected sex workers.

    And

    The names of the officers won’t be released until after a full investigation and appeals process has been resolved, Villase?or reported last month.

    You’re wrong, ENB. Due process does exist in this case…for those who enjoy the monopoly on sanctioned violence.

  7. Prostitution? Come on! It’s all Sex Trafficking now!

    1. I thought “sex traffic” was when the train wasn’t moving fast enough for all the guys to dip their wick.

        1. Oh yes.

          We’ve all been there. Right?

          1. On a Beemer? No thanks, thinking of the repair bill would hinder performance.

        2. At Southern Decadence (IIRC, 2003) there was an unoccupied NOPD cruiser parked on St. Ann, about 1/2 a block off Bourbon St. There were 3 gentlemen engaged in a rather enthusiastic act of copulation/fellatio on its hood. I only wish I had brought my camera to work that day.

  8. What does this have to do with abortion?

    1. Well, Sug, sometimes when a lady prostitute and a man john love each other very much…the lady needs an abortion after.

        1. I thought it was an ongoing joke… until now.

      1. I’ll be in my bunk.

      2. Lady Prostitute and the Men Johns would be such a great name for a neo-soul/go-go band.

  9. So now all massage parlors should include the names of local PD and politicians in their appointment books proactively.

    1. City Councilmen. The Mayor.

  10. hand jobs?for money? the horror!

    It’s a pity. More people should become acquainted with Epi’s mom.

    1. Sure, but half the time she goes in dry. It’s… unpleasant. Eventually.

      1. Last night, she took out her teeth. I saw God.

  11. ” The names of the officers won’t be released until a full investigation and appeals process has been resolved, Villase?or reported in June. ”

    You’ve got to deliver that punchline a litter better. That should have made it to the title.

    “Vacation for me, public shaming and civil forfeiture for thee”

  12. Meanwhile, two Tucson police officers have resigned and five more are on leave due to suspected involvement with the massage parlors. The names of the officers won’t be released until a full investigation and appeals process has been resolved, Villase?or reported in June.

    Of course. We wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about our brave heroes in law enforcement.

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