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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns 533

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An anonymous reader writes "An interesting case touching on privacy in the Internet age has erupted in Kennebunk, Maine, the coastal town where the Bush family has a vacation home. When a fitness instructor who maintained a private studio was arrested for prostitution, she turned out to have maintained meticulous billing records on some 150 clients, and had secretly recorded the proceedings on video files stored in her computer. Local police have begun issuing summons to her alleged johns, and have announced intentions to publish the list, as is customary in such cases. Police believe such publication has a deterrent effect on future incidents of the kind. However, the notoriety of the case has some, including newspaper editors, wondering whether the lives of the accused johns may be disproportionately scarred (obtaining or keeping a job, treatment of members of their families within the community) for a the mere accusation of having committed a misdemeanor. Also, the list of names will be permanently archived and indexed by search engines essentially forever."
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14, 2012 @05:11PM (#41651861)

    Sounds like they were making legal pornography to me.

    Here in Minnesota, that's all you see on Adult Friend Finder. Legal prostitution under the guise of making pornography. As long as you record it, you can pay her for it.

    If I were the defense attorney I'd be harping on this crucial fact. IANAL and I do not know if making pornography is illegal in Maine.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14, 2012 @05:17PM (#41651915)

    Because the second they put it online, someone else will rehost it and make it available for search.

  • Re:Public record (Score:4, Informative)

    by larry bagina (561269) on Sunday October 14, 2012 @05:24PM (#41651973) Journal
    The johns aren't being charged with a crime.
  • by cold fjord (826450) on Sunday October 14, 2012 @08:00PM (#41653017)

    For bonus points, I grew in Wells, ME, about 10km south of Kennebunk

    I guess you grew up there some time ago.

    just make prostitution legal (and regulated) like most of Europe.

    A very long time ago.

    Maybe it is better if the US doesn't legalize prostitution like the !most of Europe, and the part of Europe where it is legal but being moved against?

    French minister for women seeks abolition of prostitution in Europe [guardian.co.uk]

    France's minister for women is to organise a consultation on ways to abolish prostitution in France and Europe, she has told the Guardian.

    Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the high profile women's rights minister and government spokeswoman, said in an interview that she would be organising a conference of experts on how to contain the sex-trade and human-trafficking and was seeking to meet the home secretary Theresa May for input from the UK.

    "Since the 19th century and the role of [the Victorian feminist] Josephine Butler, Britain and France have been the core countries in the international mobilisation against prostitution. I really hope that these common roots are still alive," she said. She wanted a meeting with May on how Britain and France approach prostitution and human-trafficking. In France prostitution is not illegal, but activities around it are. Brothels were outlawed in 1946 and pimping is illegal.

    In 2003 a controversial law against soliciting was introduced by Nicolas Sarkozy, then interior minister, making it illegal to stand in a public place known for prostitution dressed in revealing clothes.

    Last year, the French parliament adopted a resolution on the abolition of prostitution saying its objective was a "society without prostitution".

    The consultation would consider recommendations made last year by a cross-party commission of French MPs that it should be illegal to pay for sex. The MPs had suggested all clients of sex workers, meaning anyone who buys sex from any kind of prostitute, would face prison and a fine. Clients of sex-workers face prison in a handful of European countries, including Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

    Spain, the world capital of prostitution? [independent.co.uk]
    In Spain, Women Enslaved by a Boom in Brothel Tourism [nytimes.com]

    LA JONQUERA, Spain — She had expected a job in a hotel. But when Valentina arrived here two months ago from Romania, the man who helped her get here — a man she had considered her boyfriend — made it clear that the job was on the side of the road.

    He threatened to beat her and to kill her children if she did not comply. And so she stood near a roundabout recently, her hair in a greasy ponytail, charging $40 for intercourse, $27 for oral sex.

    “For me, life is finished,” she said later that evening, tears running down her face. “I will never forget that I have done this.”

    La Jonquera used to be a quiet border town where truckers rested and the French came looking for a deal on hand-painted pottery and leather goods. But these days, prostitution is big business here, as it is elsewhere in Spain, where it is essentially legal.

    While the rest of Spain’s economy may be struggling, experts say that prostitution — almost all of it involving the ruthless trafficking of foreign women — is booming, exploding into public view in small towns and big cities. The police recently rescued a 19-year-old Romanian woman from traffickers who had tattooed on her wrist a bar code and the amount she still owed them: more than $2,500.

    In the past, most c

  • Re:Stupider logic (Score:2, Informative)

    by Surt (22457) on Monday October 15, 2012 @02:02AM (#41654887) Homepage Journal

    So since drinking lots of alcohol is legal and driving a car is legal then drink driving should be legal? Voltaire is correct but the absurdity here is your argument.

    Drinking is legal. Driving is legal. Having had drinks prior to driving is also legal, up to a limit. That's because after that limit you're a danger to yourself and also society. How is having sex a danger to society?

    Well, the most obvious answer would seem to be spread of disease.

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