Quantcast

Oldest profession embraces new technology - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Oldest profession embraces new technology

Posted: Updated:
Bossier City Police use new tactics on world's oldest profession Bossier City Police use new tactics on world's oldest profession
BOSSIER CITY, La. -

Bossier City Police arrested two alleged prostitutes and four suspected customers this weekend as a part of the FBI's Operation Cross Country VII.

In the past five or six years, however, officers have changed the way they make these prostitution arrests, focusing more on websites than on the street corner.

"Modern technology has changed all that," says Mark Natale, Public Information Officer for Bossier City Police Dept. "The focus on this type of activity- the arraignments and those types of activity- take place via the Internet."

Natale says the world's oldest profession is embracing new technologies. The department no longer sends female officers to the streets. Instead anyone in the vice division can play a female prostitute, a male john or any other role thanks to the anonymity of the keyboard.

The FBI notices an up tick in prostitution- including trafficking of juveniles- around big celebrations like the NCAA Final Four and the Superbowl, which was played in New Orleans this year.

"[They attract] people with excess money and interested in the festivities and frolic that go around high-profile sporting events," says Ronald Hosko, FBI Criminal Investigative Division assistant director. "This seems to be a part of that."

Bossier City police say there is no evidence to show that the casino tourism crowd, with leisure time and available cash, fuels area prostitution any more than local residents.

Authorities, however, hope the weekend's crackdown will prevent future crimes in Bossier City.

"We always get arrests," Natale says. "Put that in the back of their minds and maybe they'll think twice before doing the deal, so to speak."

BCPD arrested six suspects Friday night and Saturday. Their charges are as follow:

 

  • Eddie Antonio Burgos, 25, of Houston, Texas – soliciting for prostitutes
  • Taylor Kristina Courtney, 19, of Waco, Texas - prostitution
  • Paul McWatters, 39, of Magnolia Springs, AL – soliciting for prostitution
  • Anthony Dewayne Robinson, 35, of Benton, LA – soliciting for prostitution
  • Mark Stephen Starcevich , 52, of San Diego, CA – soliciting for prostitution
  • Katrina Revee Walls, 25, of Plano, TX – prostitution

 

  • News NowMore>>

  • Not Waiting on Grigsby: City Council moves forward without Grigsby and Associates

    Not Waiting on Grigsby: City Council moves forward without Grigsby and Associates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:43:53 GMT
    It appears the City of Shreveport can move forward with the most pressing bond issues without Grigsby and Associates. Instead they are using in-house staff with the assistance of bond counsel which are made up of local attorneys.  
    It appears the City of Shreveport can move forward with the most pressing bond issues without Grigsby and Associates. Instead they are using in-house staff with the assistance of bond counsel which are made up of local attorneys.  
  • New hope in combating migraines

    New hope in combating migraines

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:31:22 GMT
    Millions of Americans suffer from debilitating migraines, but new research presented this week is offering hope that a remedy might be around the corner.
    Millions of Americans suffer from debilitating migraines, but new research presented this week is offering hope that a remedy might be around the corner.
  • Do you recognize this man?

    Do you recognize this man?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:39:03 GMT
    Photo courtesy of SPDPhoto courtesy of SPD
    Shreveport Police need your help identifying a man who used a credit card, thought to be stolen in a burglary at a south Shreveport home, to purchase items at a convenience store on Monkhouse earlier this month. 
    Shreveport Police need your help identifying a man who used a credit card, thought to be stolen in a burglary at a south Shreveport home, to purchase items at a convenience store on Monkhouse earlier this month. 
  • Crime StoppersMore>>

  • Do you recognize this man?

    Do you recognize this man?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:39:03 GMT
    Photo courtesy of SPDPhoto courtesy of SPD
    Shreveport Police need your help identifying a man who used a credit card, thought to be stolen in a burglary at a south Shreveport home, to purchase items at a convenience store on Monkhouse earlier this month. 
    Shreveport Police need your help identifying a man who used a credit card, thought to be stolen in a burglary at a south Shreveport home, to purchase items at a convenience store on Monkhouse earlier this month. 
  • Arrest warrant obtained in Shreveport shooting that injured two

    Arrest warrant obtained in Shreveport shooting that injured two

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:02:11 GMT
    Deandre Anderson, 28Deandre Anderson, 28
    Police detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for a local man in connection with a shooting that injured two men earlier this week.
    Police detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for a local man in connection with a shooting that injured two men earlier this week.
  • Crimestoppers looking for an East Texas man Bobby Donell

    Crimestoppers looking for an East Texas man Bobby Donell

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:37:55 GMT
    Bobby Choice, 54Bobby Choice, 54
    On April 19, 2014, Bobby Donell Choice, B/M, 05/24/1959 committed a theft from J.C. Penny. 
    On April 19, 2014, Bobby Donell Choice, B/M, 05/24/1959 committed a theft from J.C. Penny. 
  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:50:49 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the ArkLaTex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the ArkLaTex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • Easter Bunnies

    Easter Bunnies

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:26:06 GMT
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us pictures of your little Easter bunnies.
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us pictures of your little Easter bunnies.
  • Celebrate Education 2014

    Celebrate Education 2014

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:30:00 GMT
    Community Projects Director Jan Elkins with donors for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.
    CELEBRATE EDUCATION, and it begins next week at the Shreveport Convention Center.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Abbott: Pay teachers bonuses for high exam scores

    Abbott: Pay teachers bonuses for high exam scores

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:49:28 GMT
    Republican Greg Abbott says that as Texas governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams.
    Republican Greg Abbott says that as Texas governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams.
  • Celebrate Education activities continue for area students

    Celebrate Education activities continue for area students

    Celebrate Education activities continue for area students

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:46:10 GMT
    The KTBS Summer Reading Festival welcomed hundreds of students from Bossier Schools today.
    The KTBS Summer Reading Festival welcomed hundreds of students from Bossier Schools today.
  • Academic integrity in digital age

    Academic integrity in digital age

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:55:02 GMT
    With a rise in online classes, many educational institutions are asking the question, how can they maintain academic integrity in the digital age. More and more students are getting educated through online sources, to match courses to their busy schedules, avoid long commutes or to save money. "Well, people who are local to the Shreveport area, they have the option of coming in and actually taking the exam at an assigned time. They don't have to pay for the exam. Then I proctor it," said LSU-...
    With a rise in online classes, many educational institutions are asking the question, how can they maintain academic integrity in the digital age. More and more students are getting educated through online sources, to match courses to their busy schedules, avoid long commutes or to save money. "Well, people who are local to the Shreveport area, they have the option of coming in and actually taking the exam at an assigned time. They don't have to pay for the exam. Then I proctor it," said LSU-...
  • NationalMore>>

  • GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

    GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:04:34 GMT
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators are accusing President Barack Obama of disregarding the rule of law and the Constitution by considering administrative changes to the...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators are accusing President Barack Obama of disregarding the rule of law and the Constitution by considering administrative changes to the nation's...
  • Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths

    Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:55:11 GMT
    A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.
    A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.
  • Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:55:07 GMT
    The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury.
    The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a Manhattan hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Security at the Barksdale Air Show

    Security at the Barksdale Air Show

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:48:20 GMT
    About 85,000 people are expected to visit Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier this weekend for the Defenders of Liberty Air Show. As you can imagine, safety is a top priority.
    About 85,000 people are expected to visit Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier this weekend for the Defenders of Liberty Air Show. As you can imagine, safety is a top priority.
  • Becoming an Air Force Pilot

    Becoming an Air Force Pilot

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:46:33 GMT
    As we gear up for Barksdale's Defenders of Liberty Air Show you may wonder what it takes to become an air force pilot.  We take a look.
    As we gear up for Barksdale's Defenders of Liberty Air Show you may wonder what it takes to become an air force pilot.  We take a look.
  • Not Waiting on Grigsby: City Council moves forward without Grigsby and Associates

    Not Waiting on Grigsby: City Council moves forward without Grigsby and Associates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:43:53 GMT
    It appears the City of Shreveport can move forward with the most pressing bond issues without Grigsby and Associates. Instead they are using in-house staff with the assistance of bond counsel which are made up of local attorneys.  
    It appears the City of Shreveport can move forward with the most pressing bond issues without Grigsby and Associates. Instead they are using in-house staff with the assistance of bond counsel which are made up of local attorneys.  
Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File