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Oldest profession embraces new technology

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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

 

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