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Police say teen ran prostitution ring while jailed

A 17-year-old inmate is accused of orchestrating a prostitution ring from behind bars in an attempt to pay his $75,000 bond on unrelated charges. Thaishaun Hunter was charged as an …


Nine arrested in prostitution sting at Coeur d’Alene Casino

A two-night law enforcement operation targeting prostitution at the Coeur d’Alene casino last week ended with nine arrests, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.


Man pleads guilty to killing woman in 2011, days after prison release

A 28-year-old man faces 30 years in prison for killing a 48-year-old woman in August 2011 just days after his release from federal prison on unrelated child sex charges. Derrick …


Cars towed in East Sprague prostitution sting

Spokane police for the first time used a new city law aimed at discouraging prostitution along East Sprague Avenue. Officers arrested three men Wednesday night suspected of attempting to patronize …


Spokane inmates sold girls for sex, according to court records

Spokane County inmates orchestrated sex crimes from their jail cells by arranging prostitution of underage girls, according to phone calls recorded by local and federal police. Some calls originated inside …


City, county prostitution cases center on same girl, 16

A 16-year-old girl at the center of a human trafficking case being pursued by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is also listed as the victim in a similar case under …


Ex-NIC employee could face more charges

Former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken could face additional charges, including lying to a federal agent and misusing federal funds, as investigators dig deeper into his …


Spokane pair suspected of forcing girl into prostitution

A Spokane pair is suspected of forcing a 16-year-old girl into prostitution. An investigation into human trafficking has been underway for weeks, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Damon Simmons.


Former NIC administrator asks for lower bail

A former North Idaho College administrator in jail on charges of soliciting sex from students in exchange for scholarship money wants his bail lowered. Joseph M. Bekken, who was fired …


NIC administrator accused of offering financial aid for sex

A North Idaho College administrator accused of offering scholarship money to students in exchange for sex told police he had made the solicitations on Craigslist for several semesters. In January, …


Pimps, johns risk car impoundment under Spokane ordinance

Johns and pimps on Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue now face more than jail time if cops catch them in the act – their cars will be impounded. This week, the …


Vehicle impoundment may be part of crackdown on East Sprague prostitution

East Sprague Avenue’s reputation as Spokane’s seedy red-light district could change, if the City Council approves a new law allowing police to impound vehicles used for activities related to prostitution. …


Editorial: East Sprague prostitution crackdown a sound move

With pending street, sidewalk and other investments of as much as $32 million ticketed for East Sprague Avenue and adjacent blocks, the Spokane City Council is preparing to act against …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Hecrick Eisenhour, described as a “comely miss of 20 years,” smiled prettily at Judge George Stocker.


Eternal Hope honors son’s memory, rescues girls from sex trafficking

Hunter Graham regularly filled his backpack with food from his home before heading to classes at Lewis and Clark High School, but it wasn’t for lunch. He gave the food …


Justices deciding fate of Backpage.com lawsuit

OLYMPIA – A website sometimes used by pimps to advertise prostitutes shouldn’t be able to claim immunity from state sex-trafficking laws because it doesn’t write the ads, an attorney for …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Kate Richards, an internationally known political speaker, addressed “400 eager, applauding socialists” in Spokane, and she lived up to her reputation as a straight-talking …


Co-owner of alleged Spokane Valley brothel arrested

Mikal Chandler, 33, was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail on Tuesday. Chandler faces the same charges as listed business associate Brandy Birkland for his involvement in Montana’s spa, …


Spokane-area prostitution sting case advancing

The toughest criminal charges to date in a multiagency prostitution sting have been filed against the owner of an alleged Spokane Valley brothel, almost two years after “Operation Red Light” …


Suspect in Spokane Valley prostitution ring faces organized-crime charge

Brandy Birkland, former owner of Montana’s spa, was arrested Thursday and faces charges of promoting prostitution and leading organized crime.


Police hope casino sex sting turns up pimp lead

Police are looking for a pimp in connection with a recent prostitution sting at Northern Quest Casino. Authorities hope to find the evidence in text messages on a cellphone belonging …


Spokane police officer suspended for ties to woman

A Spokane police officer has been suspended for two months without pay after the department determined he had been associating with a woman engaging in prostitution, drugs and burglary. Police …


Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial

MILAN — A Milan court has convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous “bunga bunga” parties at his villa and then …


Lawmakers back plan to help former prostitutes

The Washington state House has passed a measure to make it easier for women to clear their criminal records in cases where they were trafficked or forced into prostitution.


Spokane’s best slacker jobs

Worried about what you’re gonna do if those extended unemployment benefits ever run out? Options abound for the marginally skilled in Spokane. Some call them slacker jobs but you can …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

Idaho lawmaker compares abortion to prostitution

A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho if their pro-abortion rights stance also means that they support prostitution.


Manpower is no object – for the right crimes

There is little that exposes our priorities quite so nakedly as a sensational vice bust. Take the raids on the alleged prostitution rings at local “spas” this week.


Suspected brothel owners released from jail

Five women and one man arrested in a sweeping anti-prostitution investigation at Spokane-area spas and massage parlors have been released from jail.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2012, 2:31 p.m.

Eight suspected Spokane brothels raided by police

Eight suspected brothels were raided across the Spokane area today by a multi-agency law enforcement task force.


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2012, 6:48 p.m.

Sex trafficking suspects released as probe continues

Four people arrested in what investigators believe is Spokane County’s first human trafficking case were released this weekend because no charges have been filed.