How Police are Cracking Down on Illegal Prostitution Houses


Police are cracking down on prostitution houses more than ever. They usually start with looking for online or magazine advertisements that peak their interest. Things such as “sensual massage” is something that they tend to investigate.

During their investigation, it is very common for an undercover officer to go in and try to make a deal for sexual services in exchange for money. The officer is usually wearing a recording device. Once the agreement is made, the officer tends to use some excuse to leave the premise temporarily.

A few days later, the undercover officers along with many other policemen show up with a search warrant and attempt to seize as much as possible. The officers hope that their surprised visit will catch some defendants in the act. The police also hope that the seized material will help in their investigation.

Police will often seize computers, cash, documents and much more. In the end, the police hope to be able to ultimately have the cash and computers forfeited to the state. This is pretty common, once an item is seized; it is usually difficult to recover it from the police. The police also hope that by seizing the materials, it will hinder the defendants from advertising their business in the future.

These stories are becoming more common and more people will be arrested before this is over. It should be no surprise to those who live in the city that these things happen. In the end, if you are a supplier of these services, beware of your next customer because he could be a police officer.

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Local Teen Prostitution Ring Bust http://www.wickedlocal.com/northandover/local_news/x428359761

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Commitment of alcohol or substance abusers: Section 35


A section 35 is a civil commitment of a person that is having alcohol or substance abuse issues.  This is how it works.  There is a person who is abusing drugs or alcohol.  A family member, police officer, guardian or court official petitions the court to section the individual, which means to detain and send the abuser to a treatment facility.  The court has a doctor talk to the abuser and to give an opinion to the court about the severity of the abuser’s condition.  The court rules on whether the person should be detained for treatment. 

 Now an abuser can voluntary agree to be sectioned and go to a treatment center up to 30 days or an abuser could fight the petition.  If the drug or alcohol abuser agrees to voluntary go to treatment, and then the court will usually send that person to treatment.  If the abuser doesn’t want to be committed, the abuser is afforded a hearing. 

 In a hearing, the abuser has the right to be represented by a lawyer.  The court will hear from the doctor and usually the petitioner.  The lawyer is usually allowed to question the doctor.  In order to hold an abuser and force them to go into treatment, the court needs to find that the drugs or alcohol either substantially injure the abuser’s health, interferes with his social or economic functioning or has lost the power of self control over use of drugs or alcohol. 

 Now if after the hearing, the judge finds that “there is a likelihood of serious harm as a result of his alcoholism or substance abuse, it may order such person to be committed for a period not to exceed thirty days” (M.G.L Ch. 123 sec. 35). The person is usually then sent to Bridgewater for treatment and can’t be held for more than 30 days.  The state does encourage Bridgewater to allow people to voluntarily stay after the 30 days is up for treatment. 

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http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/123-35.htm

Institute of Health and Recovery

http://www.healthrecovery.org/about_us/history/section_35.asp

Men’s Addiction Treatment Center

http://www.helpline-online.com/helplinesearch.aspx?pageid=providerdetail&pid=2818944&pl=helpline

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A horrible rape of Bunny story in Chelsea


Before you read this story, please beware that it is a horrible story and may be too much for most people. This is a real story that happened in Chelsea MA.

The story starts with a female who owned a rabbit and the defendant was her roommate. The female kept her rabbit in the kitchen in a cage. One day when she came home she saw the defendant quickly throw the rabbit in the cage and ran back into his room.

The female started to look around and noticed that the rabbit wasn’t acting right and she started to look around the apartment. In the bathroom she found blood and fur and immediately decided to call the police.

When the police arrived the defendant had already jumped out of the window and ran away from the scene. The defendant was captured and later charged with bestiality and cruelty against animals. The female brought her rabbit to the vet and had pictures taken of her pet.

Later the defendant was convicted of cruelty against animals and closed this extremely weird case once and for all. The rabbit did go on to live a while longer, however, it has died of natural causes since.

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How an air bag can assist prosecutors in a vehicular homicide?


All cars with airbags have a crash data recorder (hereinafter CDR) or an electronic data recorder.  The CDR is not a car’s version of a black box in an airplane.  A black box in an airplane is designed to record the entire plane’s systems data when the crash occurs.  The black box is not designed to control any safety systems on an airplane. 

The primary purpose of the CDR is to trigger airbags to protect the people in the car.  Essentially, the CDR evaluates information relative to the car’s operation and figures out whether it should deploy the airbags. 

 However, the CDR also has a secondary purpose.  The CDR can record data up to 5 seconds.  The data the CDR may have include up to eight different things:

  1. Deployment or non-deployment of airbags
  2. Speed of vehicle
  3. Throttle position
  4. Brake light status
  5. Seatbelt lamp status
  6. Engine RPM
  7. Number of ignition cycles at deployment
  8. Change in velocity of vehicle at impact

The information can be retrieved by certified technicians through the car’s data link.  This is not always possible depending on the damage from the accident. 

The car will activate the CDR when the car reaches certain combined conditions.  The CDR takes in account many factors, two being the speed of the car and the change in velocity.  When certain conditions are reached the CDR will deploy the airbags. 

As you can imagine, the speed, the change and velocity of a car among the other 6 areas of data the CDR could have can assist the prosecution in compiling a case.  For example, say if the prosecution had a theory that the defendant was involved with illegal street racing that lead to the death of a pedestrian.  Now if the CDR shows that prior to impact the defendant’s car was traveling at well over 100 mph, it would help in proving the prosecution’s theory of the case.   The airbag may be an effective device to save a life, but could also be used as an effective tool in a legal case. 

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http://www.harristechnical.com/cdr.htm

http://www.accidentreconstruction.com/research/edr/index.asp

http://www.iihs.org/research/qanda/edr.html

http://www.njlawman.com/news/event-data-recorder.htm

http://www.crashforensics.com/automobiledatarecorders.cfm

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