Federal Indictment: Presence of ATM machines in strip clubs constitutes "promoting prostitution."

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    Mar 30, 2015 6:10 PM GMT
    ...and since they are instruments of interstate commerce, that makes it a federal crime.

    It's a little hard to see how they can make this stick, unless the defendant doesn't actually have enough money for a lawyer.


    I can't help thinking that the presence of any ATM machine, anywhere, must be a federal crime.
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    Mar 30, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    Meanwhile: Federal agents have the tabs for their sex parties picked up by local drug gangs. So that's how you're supposed to do it?

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    Mar 30, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
    Entering your PIN to a machine in a strip joint? What could possibly go wrong with that?

    And probably they only spit out dollar bills for the dancing. Hardly a federal crime.
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    Mar 30, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    Somewhat related:


    Operation Choke Point
    is an initiative of the United States Department of Justice that was announced in 2013,[1] which is investigating banks in the United States and the business they do with payment processors, payday lenders, and other companies believed to be at higher risk for fraud and money laundering.

    This operation, first disclosed in August 2013 Wall Street Journal story [2] has been accused of bypassing due process.; the government is pressuring the financial industry to cut off the companies' access to banking services, without first having shown that the targeted companies are violating the law.[3][4][5][6] As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, critics believe "it's a thinly veiled ideological attack on industries the Obama administration doesn't like, such as gun sellers and coal producers."[7]

    Details of the operation[edit]

    Some merchant categories that the FDIC had listed until July 2014 as being associated with high-risk activity include, but are not limited to (until the FDIC revised the original policy in July 2014):[8]

    Ammunition Sales
    Cable Box De-scramblers
    Coin Dealers
    Credit Card Schemes
    Credit Repair Services
    Dating Services
    Debt Consolidation Scams
    Drug Paraphernalia
    Escort Services
    Firearms Sales
    Fireworks Sales
    Get Rich Products
    Government Grants
    Home-Based Charities
    Life-Time Guarantees
    Life-Time Memberships
    Lottery Sales
    Mailing Lists/Personal Info
    Money Transfer Networks
    On-line Gambling
    Payday Loans
    Pharmaceutical Sales
    Ponzi Schemes
    Pyramid-Type Sales
    Racist Materials
    Surveillance Equipment
    Tobacco Sales
    Travel Clubs