Spitzer investigated for link to prostitution ring

Ok, someone explain this to me please. What’s the big deal of having front page news of a guy having sex with a prostitute? As long as the club had a license to operate and prostitution is not illegal in the NY state (I don’t know, maybe it is), what’s the big deal? My problem is that by reading the articles both on BBC and CNN I can not figure out if what he did is possibly illegal or not. Nothing is stated about the legality of the whore club. Cause if it’s not illegal, then it’s no one business with whom this guy is sleeping with. Who knows? Maybe he can’t get it off with his wife anymore, and being a guy, he has needs. Getting it off with a whore says absolutely nothing about his work and his character as a professional.


Brian wrote on March 10th, 2008 at 8:27 PM PST:

Prostitution is illegal in New York, and I think why it’s been made such a big issue is that he campaigned as a law-and-order candidate when he ran for Governor. Doesn’t help that in the past when he was DA, he also prosecuted several high-profile prostitution ring cases, and made several statments condeming prostition.

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Eugenia wrote on March 10th, 2008 at 8:59 PM PST:

If prostitution is illegal in NY, then I agree, he is in deep shit because he broke the law. He should have gone to Rhode Island where it’s somewhat legal — or find a proper girlfriend. What I am having an issue with is with the articles not mentioning these details.

Bob wrote on March 10th, 2008 at 11:42 PM PST:

It’s a big deal when he puts people behind bars for the very same thing!

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Eugenia wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 12:12 AM PST:

If it’s illegal where he committed the act, sure. But there are states, or cities, where prostitution is not illegal. This is where he should have gone.

Loic wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 1:41 AM PST:

Paying for having sex must be very boring if it’s legal.

BUT if it’s illegal, it becomes much more exciting. And if your job is to arrest people doing it, it’s even more exciting.

AND, if you really believe that prostitution is a crime that should be punished, it’s a great perversion to do it. That guy must have had a VERY good time 🙂

Of course at the end of the day, he’s a jerk…

giraffe wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 4:17 AM PST:

Prostitution is illegal in new york, but this is a violation of federal, and not state, law. Spitzer’s crime was enticing someone to cross state lines for the purpose of prostitution, a violation of the mann act. On Feb. 13, he was in washington D.C., and had the woman come in from new york. There are also some allegations of money laundering, but thats yet to be proven. This is a person who squandered his political capital very early in his governorship by investigating the state senate majority leader Joe Bruno for no real reason at all, now he’s left himself hanging out to dry. Good riddance to bad rubbish, i say.

Patrick Davila wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 4:23 AM PST:

Apparently money not prostitution is what got Spitzer noticed. His hypocrisy of being a “law and oder” politician is not helping his case. He may be forced to resign.

karhu wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 7:46 AM PST:

It’s not only illegal, he spent his time as AG busting two prostitution rings.

William Eggington wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 8:14 AM PST:

“Under Cover” 😉

Chris wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 8:23 AM PST:

Even if it is legal in a state, their might be laws managing where it can be done. In Nevada, you can only have a brothel in a county that votes to have it and also is under a certain population size. That’s why there isn’t any in Washoe Country (Reno), Clark County (Las Vegas), or in the state capital of Carson City. However in the adjacent counties you can find them.

Thom Holwerda wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 9:41 AM PST:

The guy broke the law (reading the above comments), and that’s stupid for a man in his position, especially seeing America’s obsession with “morals”. This guy should be removed from office not because of the sex, but because of obvious stupidity.

But, I agree with Eugenia. If prostitution is legal, and you go to a legal, taxpaying, clean brothel or prostitute (so not victims of women trade, or things like crack whores), who gives a flying fcuk? Just as with the Clintongate, it’s a family issue, and none of our concern.

We had a similar case here in The Netherlands with an important political figure in Amsterdam being sacked because he was caught visiting prostitutes… Stupid of him too, since he went to great lengths to go to illegal crack whores in a zone where prostituion is illegal.

Despite Amsterdam having this huge red light district (you might have heard of it) where he could’ve had paid sex legally.

Stupid people fall on their asses. That’s how the world works.

Jim wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 6:28 PM PST:

Anyway, did you notice how hot his wife is?
I would have her in a New York minute (of course we would be friends first) maybe she will soon be available?
I wouldn’t charge her, it would be my public service

Jim wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 7:26 PM PST:

Where in Rhode Island is prostitution somewhat legal?
I don’t want to know for myself, but for a friend.

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Eugenia wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 7:34 PM PST:

I don’t know where exactly. Read wikipedia, that’s where the information was found. And tell your friend to find a proper partner.

Order in the Court wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 7:46 PM PST:

Yep, Spitzer’s wife is HOT.

Stacy wrote on March 11th, 2008 at 8:06 PM PST:

He’s in deep shit because it was illegal.

On the other hand, who he bangs (or that he has sex at all) is not necessarily the issue.

The issue that he is in a highly powerful, public position, and he is charged with making critical decisions on a daily basis that potentially affect the lives of millions. The issue is, given that responsibility, this man has shown an acute ability to make spectacularly STUPID decisions. Is this a guy you want deciding things that may affect you or your future?

Chris wrote on March 12th, 2008 at 5:15 PM PST:

Actually he’s in deep trouble because he violated the Mann Act of 1910, which included a ban on the interstate transport of women for “immoral purposes.” That alone made it a Federal issue.

As far as Rhode Island goes, it’s illegal to run a brothel or do street solicitation. However the exchange of money for sex is not illegal. In Nevada, prostitution outside of the legally operating brothers is illegal.

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