Paper halts adult service ads

Unfortunately, it is not our local daily newspaper, but the Orlando Weekly. The Orlando Sentinel reports that its area’s alt-weekly, Orlando Weekly, has agreed to forever stop running “adult services” ads in order to have a racketeering charge against the paper dropped.

The three newspaper employees charged with aiding prostitutes for selling the ads also agreed to perform 100 hours of community service to have their charges dismissed.

The deal, which was agreed upon during a brief hearing this afternoon, draws an end to an investigation begun in 2005 dubbed “Operation Weekly Shame.”

Read the article.

In 2006, local law enforcement busted a prostitution ring that used the allegedly used the classifieds section of the Pensacola News Journal, Northwest Florida Daily News, BellSouth’s The Real Yellow Pages and The Talking Phone Book to solicit customers. Read Inside the Sex Trade.

The Pensacola News Journal still has escort ads: “Adorable Angels”, “Blonde Young Petite – Professional, Honest, Classy & Discreet”, “Coastal Cuties – Fun, Drug-Free Companionship”. “College Beauty Tall Blonde/Blue – IN/Out Calls, Girlfriend Experience”…..

The IN doesn’t carry escort ads.