Harrisonburg Police Bust Three For Prostitution

Brent Finnegan -- August 3rd, 2010

The Harrisonburg Police Department announced Tuesday morning that three people have been arrested for their involvement in prostitution in the city. From the HPD release:

On Friday, July 30, HPD conducted a search warrant after receiving information that individuals were participating in prostitution at a residence in the 900 block of North Liberty Street.

Rojer Ramon Suazo-Juarez, 43, of Herndon was charged with maintaining a bawdy place and receiving money for prostitution.

Francisco Ruben Sanchez, 29, of Harrisonburg was charged with maintaining a bawdy place.

Cinthia Guzman-Romero, 41, of Adelphi Park, MD was charged with prostitution.

The warrant was executed at a house on North Liberty, between Charles Street and Edom Road.

Google Map of North Liberty Street

Google Map of the 900 block of North Liberty Street

Police spokesperson Mary-Hope Vass said that they do not anticipate more arrests related to this small operation, but the case is ongoing.

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17 Responses to “Harrisonburg Police Bust Three For Prostitution”

  1. Occasionally I get a kick out of legal jargon. “Bawdy” sounds so Puritanical and outdated.

    It’s like an animal that you thought was extinct, but nope. Scientists have discovered that it still exists.

    • David Miller says:

      in faux Australian accent: The Bawdy’s reclusive habits masked its actual numbers for years. Only recently have scientists discovered this isolated colony at or around the 900 block of Liberty Street in the quiet town of Harrisonburg, VA. Now for me to quickly stick my finger in the baudy’s mouth for closer inspection

    • eso says:

      Virginia divorce code still refers to “buggery”.

  2. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    According to police, bawdiness is a gateway crime to scallywaggery and rapscallionism. Can ribaldry be far behind?

  3. Drew M says:

    It seems like bawdy is just an inaccurate term-“lascivious place” makes more sense given the context.

  4. I still haven’t figured out why it’s legal for women (or men) to give it away, but the second you charge for it, it violates both moral and statutory law.

  5. JGFitzgerald says:

    You guys (not the women, btw) know that if you see livestock running loose in the city you’re required to bring it under control? Some of these laws have been there a long time. “Bawdy” was probably as risque as the language of the law became at the time the law was written.

    • JBarr says:

      I did not know that. We had a cow in our backyard a few years ago that looked kinda angry. The kids liked it quite a bit.

      I’ve always been amused by the crimes of “peddling” and “uttering.” Sounds like something that would upset a monk.

  6. kuato says:

    I’ve always sort of felt that prostitution ought to be legal. To me, it seems more distasteful than immoral.

    Not to diminish the peripheral problems associated with prostitution, but the law on the matter does seem a little antiquated.

  7. David Miller says:

    Kauto
    I agree, I think Nevada has a safer system than ours because it can be regulated. Allowing most of these “morality” laws to criminalize personal choice dictates that a black market for each and every one of them will prosper, often within dangerous operating parameters. Open markets can be safely regulated to protect participants and non participants alike.

  8. Sam Hottinger says:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38615156/ns/world_news-americas/
    Read this article, and maybe you will understand why prostitution is illegal. I still thin the word bugger is funny.

  9. Pimps and cops alike leech off the prostitute’s labor, like that of any other worker. Time for folks like Guzman-Romero to get even

  10. The “All-New” Rocktown Rebel? Really?

    How new will you be if you start reproducing news stories of actual news publications?

    At least wordpress.com shut you down for a little while.

  11. jen says:

    This isn’t Mexico. Sorry but we are more civilized here and something like that wouldn’t happen here. (referring to the link) By making it illegal, it forces shadier things to take place. If it was legal, the crime element that comes along with it would greatly diminish, cops could regulate taxing, std testing, drug testing, underage or unwilling girls, violent client behavior, murders and abuse. If people still want to go underground and unregulated, bust those people. Something that doesn’t hurt someone and is willing should not be illegal.

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