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Dublin Prostitution Sting Leads to 12 Arrests

10 women and two men arrested Wednesday.

A dozen people were arrested after a prostitution sting at a Dublin hotel Wednesday.

Two men and 10 women who advertised sexual services in the city of Dublin were arrested on suspicion of prostitution, according to Lt. Linda Thuman.

Dublin's Special Investigations Unit coordinated the sting. Police said they were targeting people using the Internet for prostitution.

Police declined to disclose at which hotel they conducted the sting.

Donna Oliver April 01, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Why doesn't Dublin get a "Home Goods" store?
John McGiver April 01, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Who cares? Who is it hurting?
Janice P Ellis April 01, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Who is it HURTING? Are you KIDDING me???? Wow, let me take a guess - how about the women who resort to prostitution? It's not exactly a worthy profession to seek. Being hurt and victimized most likely plays a lot into why women become prostitutes in the first place! Men with attitudes like yours certainly don't help. And, what is up with you, Donna Oliver??? This article is about the exploitation of women and your comment is about Dublin getting a HOME GOODS store????
Longtime Resident April 01, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Who is it hurting? Do you condone sex with teenage runwaways and/or what are basically sex slaves from Korea and China? Perhaps when they hit rock bottom, you can explain to your children what the people in the cars in front of your house are doing and why you have to pick up used condoms littering the street.
warren shepley April 02, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Janice and Longtime Resident, Let's not be naive. You talk about exploitation of prostitutes and imply that they are Asian teen runaways. I suppose it would be much better if they were still hunched over a sewing machine for 12 to 16 hours a day in some polluted, toxic city like Guangzhou, making the jackets, jeans, and running shoes that you buy so cheaply that you can also afford large screen tvs, a pool, and those Giants season tickets. Gimme a break. You are not concerned about exploitation, because living in Dublin, CA you are sheltered from the reality of most of the world. It's a pose, and a comfortable Bay Area mindset. Sex for money is much more acceptable in many parts of the world, particularly Asia, where it has a long tradition, with much less hypocrisy than you find here. I'm glad that you think that Dublin is a nicer, safer place because of the bust. I guess those girls are going to enroll in the local community college and become sales clerks now. Not. They'll be deported and back at the sweat shop. Lucky you. Have a great time at the next Macys sale.
Longtime Resident April 03, 2011 at 06:11 AM
Actually Warren, I don't live in Dublin and I've been a police officer for 20 years now. Prostitution is not glamorous like Hollywood would have you believe. Most of the runaways are white or black and addicted to drugs. The Asian prostitutes I deal with are of the craigslist variety. Perhaps you would like your daughter having sex with 6-10 strangers a day and the accompanying risks? If you think that prostitution is acceptable, you are the naive one.
John DeKoven April 03, 2011 at 04:18 PM
It's very simple problem to correct and I don't say this as anyone who has gone or has any interest in going to see a prostitute. LEGALIZE IT! It's never going to go away (it's not called the world's oldest profession for nothing). If it was legal it would be regulated so the girls and the customers would not have to worry about disease, it could be done in a safe environment (it could be regulated that it can only happen in certain areas or places of business) and it would be taxed which would help reduce our deficit. Also there would not be any need for pimps anymore which would protect the girls (and men for that matter, as I believe there are male prostitutes). Some will argue that this will not get rid of the crime element, but how can this be true? When we had prohibition there were all kinds of illegal "moon shining" operations and once the prohibition was repealed they were all gone. If I want alcohol I just go to the store where it is regulated for my protection (I don't have to worry about drinking unsafe alcohol), and it is taxed which goes to pay bills. Which on a side note I would make the same argument for legalizing marijuana (which I do not smoke or intend to every smoke). If alcohol is legal marijuana should be for the same reasons, even more so. Before you go thinking I am a left wing radical liberal this is not true. I am an Independent who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Legalize it, tax it and reduce our deficit .
warren shepley April 03, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Your "daughter" comment is a classic false dilemma rhetorical device, designed to shift the discussion away from the core issue. Would I be happy if she were a prostitute? No, but the same would be true if she did something else that involved danger. Like a police officer. Similarly, I would not be happy if she were a predatory lender, unscrupulous land developer, meat-packing warehouse owner, etc. All cause physical and financial misery for innocent people. My point was that people like you and me benefit from the exploitation of less fortunate individuals. I enjoy a comfortable, middle-class lifestyle, but I admit that part of this is because I can procure inexpensive food, clothing, and luxury items because miserably poor third world kids toil in fields and factories in wretched conditions. I am white, college educated, and stable. I've had amazing opportunities because of where and when I was born. The people we are discussing have none of this. So which is the worse exploitation? Prostitution is not Hollywood glamorous, as you suggest. Neither is it horrific sex-slave misery as TV sweeps month exposes would have you believe. It's a choice that you and I and our kids thankfully don't have to make. Perhaps if prostitution were legal much of the misery you suggest for the participants would disappear. So I find your argument conventional and self-serving. Can you wrap your respectable mind around that? Find some real criminals to apprehend.
Zachary Custer April 05, 2011 at 10:42 AM
Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want. Many intelligent women would rather have sex for an hour, which they'd end up doing anyways, than work 20 hours mopping. The U.S. puts irrational shame into all things sexual. It's just a thing to do. Do it safely and it is good for both parties. 200-300, even 100 for an hour, is good money.
Kari Hulac (Editor) April 05, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Patch is a family friendly website. Your comment isn't so shall be deleted.
Janice P Ellis April 05, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Warren Shepley - thank you so much for enlightening me! I had no idea that I have to live smack dab in the middle of a crime-ridden ghetto as proof that I care about the exploitation of others. You can take that "comfortable Bay Area mindset" argument and sell it to someone else, because I'm not buying it. One can get into a lot of trouble when they stereotype people, which is why it's so important to see people as what we all are - individuals. You have a lot of nerve telling me what I'm not concerned about, considering the fact that you don't even know me. People don't deserve to be demonized for simply wanting to live in a comfortable, low-crime community. If all I cared about was the next Macy's sale, (which is proof positive that you know absolutely NOTHING about who I am and what I'm going through right now), I wouldn't have commented in the first place! WHERE these women are being exploited is beside the point; it's exploitation and victimization regardless!!! Legalizing it will not change that.
Longtime Resident April 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM
I suspect you're merely trying to get a rise out of people with your ludicrous statements. If you truly believe that a 13 year old runaway forced into prostitution is "bettering" anybody's lives, deal with your white guilt and get yourself into some serious counseling.
John DeKoven April 11, 2011 at 11:07 PM
The internet is great because we have these kinds of debates, but it's also not great because people can make comments without having to look someone in the eye or even just be "anonymous". Janice, while I don't agree with you I would prefer to have a more civil debate about it. I don't quite understand why you and others are against the legalization of prostitution - and let me be very clear I am not saying this for any selfish reasons as I am a very happily married man. You can re-read my earlier post with my reasons why it should be. However, let's look at another example of something that is legal that at one time was not - abortion. I don't want to debate the morals of this, but just the face that right now it is legal and what options are open to women. If a woman wants to get an abortion she can go to her doctor, medical clinic, Planned Parenthood etc There are no "back alley" operations or illegal places to go. Why is that"? Because if a woman has a choice are they going to go to a legitimate place or an illegal place. Yes they are going to go legit which will put the unligit out of business. It's the same with prostitution. If someone wants to see a prostitute, are they going to go to a legit place where they know the women get tested regularly, are clean with no disease, and they won't get mugged ? Or are they going to meet someone off craigslist and meet them at a Motel 6? Please show me where I am wrong. I have an open mind.
Danielle April 26, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Your argument is full of holes. I'll use alcohol to illustrate. Alcohol may be "legal" and "regulated", but that doesn't stop drunk driving (including innocent deaths which result from DUIs), alcoholism, alcohol poisoning/death, domestic violence (from drunken abusers), broken families, alcohol-related diseases (e.g. cirrhosis of the liver), alcohol induced crime/violence, etc. Similarly, legalizing prostitution will not create a Utopian sex industry, like you seem to think. Regulating it will not be able to completely and effectively stop the spread of diseases. It won't help the men and women who suffer from sex addictions which lead them to either become or solicit prostitutes (prostitution is a level two sex addiction, along with voyeurism, exhibitionism, and inappropriate/non-consensual touching; and this can progress to level three sex addiction which includes rape and child molestation, if left uncontrolled and untreated). It won't stop people from bypassing the regulations (and taxes) in order to engage in prostitution (it's way too easy to do, so it's guaranteed that people will attempt to profit from "black market" prostitution). It won't stop young women, who are really too inexperienced in the world to understand the long term ramifications of such choices, from selling their bodies to make "easy" money. It wont stop women and children from being pushed into illegal prostitution (because there will still be a "market" for that kind of exploitation).
vicki April 27, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Notice how the men are defending the prostitution? Are you guys that shallow to WANT to legalize prostitution? And legalize marijuana? Oh please. Why is it on this blog that the women have the brains? I COMPLETELY agree with Longtime Resident, Janice P Ellis, and Danielle. They are obviously educated. Please guys, re-read their remarks and get a life. When you finally realize they are correct, it will be like coming out of a fog - WHICH YOU ARE IN - and you will thank me afterward.
John DeKoven April 27, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Vicki, When people resort to name calling in a debate it makes me immediately discredit anything they have to say. I believe people can have opposing views and just because someone doesn't believe what I believe, I don't say that they have not brains or are not educated. Let me assure you I have plenty of brains and education and my successes in life and degrees prove it. A matter of fact in your message all you say is that you completely agree with ..... They are obviously educated. So I guess that only people that agree with you are educated? John DeKoven (notice how I'm not afraid to attach my full real name to this)
Janice P Ellis April 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM
John DeKoven - I'm against the legalization of prostitution because, legal or not, it still exploits women, not to mention doesn't do much for a woman's self-esteem. I'm sure there are many reasons why some women become involved in prostitution, but, I believe the majority of women would be surprised to know that they have untapped skills and knowledge that would allow them to provide for themselves and/or their families that did not involve selling their bodies for sex. I believe your comparision of abortion to prostitution is like comparing apples to oranges; they may be in the same ballpark (still a stretch), but, they are absolutely not the same. My focus isn't the legalization or non-legalization of prostitution, but, rather, the desire that women would know that they don't have to resort to prostitution; that they can achieve much more than they give themselves credit for, so that they don't have to sell themselves to men who could really care less if they live or die. If more women really got this message, we'd ALL be the better for it.

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