Former stripper: Drugs, sex common in clubs

A former stripper testified Monday she had seen freewheeling drug use and sexual activity when she performed at clubs in seven states.

Julie Shematz testified in support of a new state law that bans contact between exotic dancers and their customers. Her testimony came during the second day of a hearing in which Ohio's adult entertainment industry is asking a federal judge to block enforcement of the new law.

Shematz, 42, said she performed in 14 clubs over a seven-year period in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Carolina while financing her college education.

The dancers frequently used drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth and even a date-rape drug to "work up what we call 'the game' - get the game on," she said, referring to their performance.

She testified that sexual contact between dancers and between dancers and their customers was common, along with evidence of prostitution.

"Prostitution was normal," she said. "There wasn't a night that I worked that I wasn't propositioned."

Asked to elaborate, she responded, "It's an environment where you are sexually stimulating males."

Shematz said clubs have gotten tougher since she left the business in 2002. While the clubs where she worked had some rules, she testified, "It's no longer the art of physical entertainment. It's all contact."

When the attorney challenging the law said Shematz wasn't qualified from personal experience to comment on the prostitution issue, she responded, "That is personal knowledge" from her familiarity with clubs where she had performed more than 500 times.

Ohio's adult entertainment industry argues that there is no connection between strip clubs and any increase in crime.

U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. set aside two days for testimony on the challenge that claims the new law is vague and an unconstitutional violation of free speech and expression.

Next week the state will present its expert witnesses. The judge's ruling is expected after final written briefs are submitted.

Shematz, who now runs the Fort Myers, Fla.-based Beauty from Ashes nonprofit ministry that she founded to help women break away from the adult entertainment industry, said sexual contact in clubs was common, including licking and biting.

Shematz said she crossed the line to sexual contact with customers in her final year as a dancer.

"I was desperate," testified Shematz, who said she never intended to make a career of stripping.

Under questioning by the attorney for the adult entertainment industry, Shematz said her objections to nude dancing reflected her Christian faith.

J. Michael Murray, the attorney for the adult entertainment industry, questioned why it took Shematz seven years to complete the final three years of her college education after dropping out of Purdue University. She said she was busy taking courses, transferring credits and dancing.

Was she angry about the adult entertainment industry, asked Murray.

"Absolutely not," she responded.

Murray asked if she was determined to shut down the nude-dancing industry.

"No," she testified.

Pressed by Murray, Shematz said all the dancers she knew used illegal drugs. Fewer than half were involved in prostitution, she testified.

Cop pointed gun 'at my face': stripper

A hulking Toronto cop in uniform terrified a tiny "burlesque performer" by pointing his gun at her after groping her breasts in a strip club, a court heard yesterday.

The married mother of three became emotional as she recalled Const. Joseph Green pointing his firearm at her on Oct. 8, 2004, inside the For Your Eyes Only strip club where she worked.

"I was looking down the barrel of a gun he was holding with both hands and pointing it at my face. He's so tall and he was only two or three feet away," said the woman, who cannot be identified.

"I was scared, really scared."

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Green, 35, who is 6-foot-9 and weighs over 300 pounds, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault, pointing a firearm and careless use of a firearm.

The 5-foot-2-inch dancer testified that Green surprised her by asking if she had undergone breast enhancement after she had warmly greeted him with kisses on the cheek. She knew him from two earlier visits he made at the club, court heard.

"No, it's just the halter top," the petite 36-year-old recalled telling the traffic cop.

Green squeezed both her clothed breasts simultaneously for two seconds, she testified. She told the court she said, "No."

"I felt violated and disgusted. I was in shock," she told Justice John Hamilton in the judge-alone trial.

"I tried to slough it off and joke it off," said the woman. "And he was playing with his zipper and said, 'We can make it even'."

She said she walked past a fellow performer who witnessed the incident, when Green aimed his gun at her.

She testified that she quit the "burlesque performance" business, which paid $260 an hour for private dances, 20 days after the incident. She said club management offered to allow her to continue working if she didn't report the incident, but she chose to pursue the matter.

Wife made to work as prostitute

A man has been accused of forcing his new Egyptian wife to work in a brothel so he could buy a flat, before sending her back home empty-handed.

When the man, FS, brought his bride to Sydney in July 2000 after an arranged marriage in Cairo, he told her she would help him pay back money for her visa, a jury has been told.

The woman, now 27, has told the District Court that soon after she arrived he took her to the Hideaway Brothel in Banksia.

"You're going to stay here and you're going to do whatever they ask you," he had told her.

She said she did not speak any English and did not understand what was happening. She objected but she said he told her he knew members of the Mafia, so she was frightened.

FS is charged with procuring his wife as a prostitute and keeping her in sexual servitude.

When she got pregnant, FS allegedly forced her to have an abortion, and she was told to go back to work at the brothel after a few weeks. She also told the court, through an interpreter, he had insulted and hit her on several occasions.

The woman told the court she worked at the brothel for nearly two years, making about $3000 a week, all of which she handed to her husband. She also said he kept her passport.

"He told me that we should have our own unit."

After about a year, FS, who earned less than $13 an hour, bought a unit in Lakemba with a $40,000 deposit, and paid off another $15,000 within a month, Crown prosecutor Brian Rowe said. There was also evidence that about $200,000 was transferred to FS's relatives in Egypt.

In mid-2002, the couple returned to Egypt. FS had allegedly told his wife to leave her clothes and jewellery at their Sydney home. She said he abandoned her in Cairo without luggage or money and later told her family that she stole from him.

She denied suggestions by FS's lawyer, James Fliece, that she had worked in the brothel on her own account and that the marriage was a sham. "Your religion and cultural background didn't require you to obey your husband if he asked you to work as a prostitute, correct?" he asked.

The woman replied: "Yes."

She denied knowing her visa was cancelled shortly before they returned to Egypt, after FS reported her to the Department of Immigration for working as a prostitute. She agreed a migration agent had told her she would be able to stay in Australia if she said she was the victim of domestic violence. The trial continues.

Chaplin Caught with Prostitute

Chattanooga Police arrested 69-year old.. Frank Jump.. of Signal Moutain and charged him yesterday with patronizing prostitution on Watauga Street.

The chaplain says he's innocent....and wasn't planning on having sex with the prostitute.

Jump says he's an author of short stories and that he was doing research for a story he's writing about street people, including prostitutes.

Jump says he wanted quote, "firsthand experience for the story."

He says the undercover female cop never got in his car and that he never offered to pay her.

Jump says he doubts people will believe his story, but he says it's one he will tell to the judge when he goes to court.

His arrest, like most of the others today, took place within a mile and a half of a school.

That school being Clifton Hills Elementary.

Alicia Keys' mom aborts stripper name

If it weren't for her mother, Alicia Keys might have a radically different image.

Keys, who has a new album titled As I Am, says that when she was trying to choose a professional name she went through a dictionary and stopped on the word "wild".

She tells Newsweek in the magazine's November 19 issue that she asked her mother how Alicia Wild sounded to her.

"She said 'It sounds like you're a stripper'," Keys said.

After that, she decided to use Keys.

"It's like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors," said the singer born Alicia Augello-Cook.

Mother sent stripper to school as treat

A schoolboy had a 16th birthday to remember after a stripper ordered by his mother turned up at his drama class.

The boy's mother apparently booked a "gorilla" to mark her son's big day through an agency, but a stripper turned up instead.

The woman even asked her son's teacher at Nottingham's Arnold Hill School and Technology College to film the event so the family could see the boy's reaction.

The stripper, who arrived halfway through the lesson, first walked the unnamed boy around the class on all fours like a dog.

She then spanked him 16 times - once for each year - to the sound of Britney Spears, before stripping down to her bra and knickers.

It was only when she asked the schoolboy to rub cream on her that the shocked teacher called a halt to the show.

The boy's mother reportedly told the school the incident was the result of a booking error.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council, the local eductation authority, said they were investigating how the incident happened.

She said that nobody had been suspended and the police were not involved.

The spokeswoman said: "We and the school are investigating into the situation."

One teenager, who witnessed the show, told the Daily Mail: "She (the stripper) asked the lad to stand up, which he did, and told him he had been a very naughty boy because he hadn't been doing his homework.

"Then she put on some Britney Spears music and got out a collar and lead from her bag and told him to put them on.

"No-one could believe it. Next she ordered him to get on all fours, led him around the classroom and hit him 16 times - once for each year - on the bottom with her whip.

"Then she took off some clothes until she was down to her bra and pants, pulled out some cream, put it on her buttocks and told him to rub it in.

"To be fair to the teacher, you could tell she was just stunned - and when the cream came out she told the stripper 'That's it. That's enough'."

The teenager said the boy the ran out of the classroom while the stripper calmly packed her bag and left.

A spokeswoman for the school said Nottinghamshire County Council was handling the incident.

APD Won't Release Video Of Officer Picking Up Prostitute

The Austin Police Department announced Monday it will not be releasing dash-cam video of a veteran police detective picking up a prostitute.

The city said the attorney general ruled the video may not be made public, because the investigation is still open.

KXAN Austin News, however, obtained audio tapes of a conversation between 21-year veteran Detective Ralph Johnson and his supervisor.

Johnson was suspended for 25 days for violating a department policy that prohibits "associating with persons with bad reputations."

Just after midnight on March 2, Johnson was pulled over in his personal vehicle near the intersection of Alpine Road and Congress Avenue.

"He said, 'Ralph Johnson, did you know you just picked up a known prostitute?' I said ' No, you got to be kidding me!'" Johnson said in the recording.

Neither Johnson nor the prostitute was arrested.

On the streets, soliciting a prostitute is a crime punishable by up to six months in jail.

Flint man faces prison in exotic dancer's beating

A 21-year-old Flint man faces prison time after pleading no contest to beating an exotic dancer in the head with a hammer.

Authorities say after smoking marijuana together on Oct. 22, 2006, Austin M. Schmidt told Abbie VanAmburg to close her eyes so he could give her a Sweetest Day gift. They say he then repeatedly struck the 23-year-old with both ends of a hammer.

The Flint Journal says VanAmburg sustained more than 30 blows, requiring 25 staples in her head and 50 stitches on her face and arm. She says it took about 30 stitches to reattach her left ear, which was nearly severed.

Schmidt made the plea Tuesday. He faces sentencing Dec. 4 in Genesee Circuit Court.

Man's sex tryst ends at precinct

A 51-YEAR-old man's sexual agreement with an 18-year-old prostitute ended at the police precinct with his whole family in the know.

Edgar said the young woman left even before he can be satisfied. The young woman in turn claimed she stopped because Edgar got back the P450 he earlier gave her as "down payment."

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In turn, Edgar claimed he merely got back the money because the young woman refused to continue the sex act.

Edgar said he picked up the woman along Tionko Street, where several groups of prostituted women hang out. They first had dinner before checking into a lodging house where Edgar said he paid P300 for a room.

The agreed on price was P500 and the young woman demanded that Edgar pay up the P450 right away.

Edgar said in the middle of the sex act, the young woman got off and so he took back the money.

Now he's blaming the woman for the trouble he has found himself in. "Minsan lang ako maglipay-lipay nabulilyaso pa," Edgar said, admitting he is married with three children.

Former prostitute talks about what happened and what life is like now

She was walking the streets selling her body and taking drugs for five years.

Now, she's clean and "it feels nice."

"Dee" took one puff of crack and "that was it."

That's not her real name. But Dee wants other women to avoid the mistakes she made. So she agreed to speak to the Tribune as long as her name wasn't used.
Once she became hooked and needed money to supply the habit, Dee did the only thing she knew to do - become a hooker.

But before she went to jail for six months, she lost everything, including her two children.

"I was scared out there," Dee said. "It was pretty awful. You'd just hop in a car with someone and never think that something bad could happen or they might hurt you. But those things do happen and it's scary."

Dee said not only could bad things happen from strange men, the girls themselves can do bad things to each other and the men they deal with.

"There are some out there who are just on the streets to rob people," Dee said. "They don't care. They just want the money."

Before becoming addicted to crack, Dee was a "functioning alcoholic."

"But I could deal with everyday things," Dee said. "I could deal with my kids and stuff. Then I got hooked on the crack and that was gone. That was that."

What changed Dee's life was getting help from sources outside her friends and those on the streets with her.

"The minute I got out of jail my boyfriend picked me up and took me away from all my other friends," Dee said. "I got into counseling at Muskingum Behavioral Health and started going to church. You can't stay around the same people or places. You'll get sucked right back in if you do."

Dee says Diane Hildebrand, one of the counselors at MBH, saved her life.

"She's my best friend," Dee said. "I tell her anything and everything. She tells me the truth about things. Help is out there if you want it. But, you have to want it and be willing to work for it."

The road to being clean is hell, but Dee said it's worth every minute in the end.

Now Dee gets to spend time with her family and new friends. She helps care for her father, who is ill, and said she's so happy and proud to be able to do that.

"He tells me he's proud of me and that really makes my day," Dee said, her voice faltering for the tears. "I'm just grateful my dad gets to see me clean."

And while she lost custody of her children, she says she is in touch with them and the oldest one tells her how proud she is of her.

"That's pretty special," Dee said.

While it is an everyday struggle to stay away from the drug, Dee said she knows that if she goes back, it could be the end.

"I think about crack everyday," Dee said. "But I stay away from the places I know I can get it at and the people who use it or could get me to use again. I've had to change my entire life and that's what needs to happen."

Dee said six months in jail was her wake-up call.

"That was enough for me to know that I didn't want to do that ever again," Dee said. "But, some people just don't learn. There are girls who the minute they get out of jail, turn around, get that crack and are back out on the streets. They just don't learn."

Scores stripper's two dogs snatched on upper East Side

An upper East Side exotic dancer is cursing the cruel thief who stripped her of her two high-priced pooches in the latest of a spate of canine kidnappings plaguing city pet owners.

Daisy Rojas, 31, a stripper at Scores East, said her dogs, Charles and Darwin, were swiped Saturday night from outside a restaurant where she was eating.

"They're my life. They're everything to me. They're my children," Rojas said of her cuddly best friends, both white Malteses.

Rojas said the dogs were tied to scaffolding with their matching Louis Vuitton leashes outside the Sofrito restaurant on E.57th St. near First Ave.

The brown-eyed brunette said she was in the restaurant for no more than a half hour, but when she returned, the dogs were gone.

Investigators with the 17th Precinct were looking for a potential suspect, a man shown on a security camera playing with the dogs shortly before their disappearance, according to a source at the restaurant.

"We're definitely going to take care of it. We'll find those dogs," said the source. "We are very concerned for the dogs."

Rojas said she and her dogs are well-known in their upper East Side neighborhood and it never entered her mind they could be at risk so close to home.

Rojas showed the Daily News the many pictures of her dogs decorating her apartment, including a portrait painted of her posing with Charles and Darwin. She said she even had the dogs baptized and gave The News a peek of a tattoo she has of her dogs' names.

Rojas paid big bucks for the dogs - $3,500 for one and $4,000 for the other.

"They're the ones that when I'm down and I hold them, I have no worries," said Rojas, adding that her locker at Scores East is festooned with more photos of her pets.

Rojas spent yesterday posting flyers throughout her neighborhood, pleading with the dognappers to return them: "I just want to be positive that I'm going to find them."

Rojas is one of a string of New Yorkers who have recently had their dogs snatched.

Stacey Grant says her Boston terrier Molly vanished last month after she left her beloved animal outside a Brooklyn laundermat for 90 seconds.

Grant got Molly back after shelling out $2,500 to the men she suspected of stealing her.

Bronx nurse Susan Roberti's Yorkie, Mikey, went missing from her front yard last month, prompting her to offer a free trip to Disney World to the person who found the dog.

Mikey was found on Halloween by a construction worker who spotted the dog running up and down the street a few blocks from Roberti's home.