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    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...AG4QPEU3E1.DTL

    What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas after all.

    San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and his undersheriff were swept up in Las Vegas prostitution sting over the weekend while at a massage parlor suspected of being a brothel, authorities said Tuesday.

    Munks called the incident a "personal embarrassment" and apologized to sheriff's officials, the county and his family for his "lack of personal judgment." He denied any wrongdoing, however, as did Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos.

    Munks, who was sworn in as sheriff in January, was in the massage parlor at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and Bolanos was somewhere on the property when authorities raided the establishment, which was run out of a private home that had no name and no signage, Las Vegas police Lt. Dave Logue said. Munks said Bolanos was outside when the raid took place.

    It was one of several raids of suspected brothels over the weekend. Neither Munks nor Bolanos was arrested.

    "I believed I was going to a legitimate business," the sheriff said Tuesday at the Redwood City courthouse, reading from a written statement with Bolanos at his side. "It was not."

    "I would not, nor did I, break any laws," Munks said. "Neither did the undersheriff."

    The lawmen declined to answer questions.

    The massage parlor was in a residential area about 2 miles off the Las Vegas Strip, Logue said. It was one of eight alleged brothels being run from houses and apartments that police raided Saturday night as part of "Operation Dollhouse," a sting aimed at prostitution and human trafficking with suspected links to Asia, Las Vegas authorities said.

    Police and federal agents seized 3,500 tablets of ecstasy and $20,000 in cash during the raids. Seven people were arrested for allegedly operating the brothels, and 25 prostitutes were taken into custody, police said.

    Prostitution is legal in most counties in Nevada but not in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.

    Logue said it was difficult to comment on whether the business where Munks and Bolanos were found could have been mistaken for a straightforward massage parlor.

    "That's hard to say, because I don't frequent legitimate massage parlors," Logue said. "I don't know what was in either of these officers' minds."

    Legitimate massage parlors operate in the same area, but most of those have signs, Logue said.

    He described Munks, 52, and Bolanos, 48, as "very cooperative and "very professional" when they were questioned.

    Munks said he and Bolanos had been in Las Vegas attending the 2007 Challenge Cup Baker to Vegas Relay, a 120-mile, 20-stage foot race for law enforcement.

    Both men paid for the trip, and no county funds were used for travel or accommodations, said Lt. Lisa Williams, a San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. A few county vehicles were used to support the runners during the relay, which is standard for law enforcement agencies participating in the event, Williams said.

    Munks, the longtime undersheriff in San Mateo County, ran unopposed in the June 2006 election to succeed retiring Sheriff Don Horsley, who unsuccessfully lobbied the Board of Supervisors in 2002 to pass a measure aimed at forcing bordellos posing as massage parlors out of business.

    Bolanos was police chief of Redwood City for 12 years before Munks appointed him undersheriff.

    Both men are "outstanding law enforcement officers," and the Las Vegas incident would have no effect on their ability to work with local prosecutors, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

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    Woopsies...

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    • #3
      i dunno, i used to go to a massage parlor in Ft Carson when i was stationed up there to get a deep tissue massage (damn roadmarches) my buddy went there and got a happy ending his first time, they never even asked me...i had no idea..had to find a different massage parlor..
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      • #4
        If they weren't busted in the act, they get the benefit of the doubt. Period.

        I don't even think this should have been in a news article, it's nothing more than libel.

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        • #5
          Sheriffs at bust

          They were on the property," said Cassell of the sheriff and undersheriff. "I'm not prepared to say they were actually customers."

          The series of raids, conducted on Saturday and Sunday, were the result of a two-year investigation among Las Vegas police, the FBI, the IRS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement which targeted an Asian organized-crime ring. All of the suspected bordellos raided over the weekend were homes or apartments, said Cassell.

          A total of 25 suspected prostitutes were detained — "they spoke limited English, if any English at all," Cassell said — and six people were arrested.

          "Operation Dollhouse" also turned up 3,500 tablets of Ecstasy and $20,000 in cash.


          Prostitution is illegal in Nevada, but counties with fewer than 400,000 residents are free to legalize the world's oldest profession. Las Vegas is the seat of Clark County — an area with a population of nearly 2 million.


          The FBI is still looking into whether the women were forced into this profession.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by xraodcop View Post
            They were on the property," said Cassell of the sheriff and undersheriff. "I'm not prepared to say they were actually customers."

            The series of raids, conducted on Saturday and Sunday, were the result of a two-year investigation among Las Vegas police, the FBI, the IRS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement which targeted an Asian organized-crime ring. All of the suspected bordellos raided over the weekend were homes or apartments, said Cassell.

            A total of 25 suspected prostitutes were detained — "they spoke limited English, if any English at all," Cassell said — and six people were arrested.

            "Operation Dollhouse" also turned up 3,500 tablets of Ecstasy and $20,000 in cash.


            Prostitution is illegal in Nevada, but counties with fewer than 400,000 residents are free to legalize the world's oldest profession. Las Vegas is the seat of Clark County — an area with a population of nearly 2 million.


            The FBI is still looking into whether the women were forced into this profession.

            So what is the legal status of so called escort services? From my understanding of things, one is not paying for sex, but for the companionship. What usally follows is sexual relations, but because thats not explicitly whats being paid for, its legal? Is that the test to determine what is illegal and what isn't. Do these people get busted in vice stings as well?

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            • #7
              They thought it was a legit place????

              From the local newspaper: http://www.lvrj.com/news/7164646.html
              (Note: This link will expire in a few days.)

              On Saturday, police raided two homes in the 3400 block of Eldon Street, and a home in the 3800 block of El Camino Avenue and another in the 4300 block of San Joaquin Avenue. One home was raided in the 3800 block of Kimberly Diamond Street -- near Blue Diamond Road and Decatur Boulevard.
              They were private houses!


              I can imagine a masseuse working out of their home even though it would technically be illegal. However, someone working that way isn't going to have a sign out front that someone can walk in off the street.

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              • #8
                Did they include the address? Not that I would go there or anything...

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                • #9
                  Uhm, welll, I thought it was a. The ad said uhm you now. I'm not from around here! Sorry.
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                  • #10
                    From the look on their faces, with those big smiles, it looks like they just got a happy ending before the pictures were taken.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MPSoldier84 View Post
                      From the look on their faces, with those big smiles, it looks like they just got a happy ending before the pictures were taken.

                      LOL, that`s a good one.lol
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bigislander72 View Post
                        So what is the legal status of so called escort services? From my understanding of things, one is not paying for sex, but for the companionship. What usally follows is sexual relations, but because thats not explicitly whats being paid for, its legal? Is that the test to determine what is illegal and what isn't. Do these people get busted in vice stings as well?
                        Occasionally. The escort services are a little harder to bust, as the sexual transaction usually takes place in private, such as in a hotel room. PDs all over, not just in LV, stage sting operations where the escort is called to a room. The escorts are going to be a lot more cautious with a john they don't know, so it takes quite a bit of manpower and time to get a good arrest. There has to be an offer of sex for money, and the escorts are usually a little higher on the intellectual food chain than the typical hooker. LV is so tight on jail space that prostitution arrests are usually cited and released. Even though there are legal brothels just outside the county boundaries, there are lots of hookers working the street in Vegas.

                        Originally posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
                        They thought it was a legit place????
                        I can imagine a masseuse working out of their home even though it would technically be illegal. However, someone working that way isn't going to have a sign out front that someone can walk in off the street.
                        The distinction is going to be whether the service provider is a licensed massage therapist. There is both a written and practical exam for that license, and not just anyone can get one. The "masseuses" in the massage parlors are unlikely to have therapist licenses.

                        In Reno, there was a conference room in city hall that was used whenever a massage therapist applicant took their practical exam. The exam consisted mostly of giving a massage to a member of the licensing board. That got a lot of snickers around the building, even though I never heard of any funny stuff going on. Real massage therapists are pretty protective of their professional status. They are also unlikely to be working out of their home, and will only provide outcall service to people they are reasonably sure aren't looking for the "happy ending" feature.
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                        • #13
                          These guys were doing research for a possible sting in there county. Official police business.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LeanG View Post
                            Did they include the address? Not that I would go there or anything...
                            Only the block. That's what the paper here normally does with crime reporting.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tim Dees View Post
                              The distinction is going to be whether the service provider is a licensed massage therapist. There is both a written and practical exam for that license, and not just anyone can get one. The "masseuses" in the massage parlors are unlikely to have therapist licenses.
                              I'm sure there are some who can't get a license for reasons unrelated to ability. Illegals, those on the run from child support etc. Thus a lack of a license doesn't preclude someone being on the up-and-up, although it certainly suggests it.

                              In Reno, there was a conference room in city hall that was used whenever a massage therapist applicant took their practical exam. The exam consisted mostly of giving a massage to a member of the licensing board. That got a lot of snickers around the building, even though I never heard of any funny stuff going on.
                              While I wouldn't expect funny business in the massage it seems to me that it's an unfair perk for the board people. I think it would be better of they massaged each other while being observed by the licensing board.


                              There still is the greater issue that given the volume implied in the news report that this wasn't massage with a happy ending but an out-and-out brothel.

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