|WSG in the Daily News|
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 19:16:01 UTC The WSG was the subject of a front-page article in the Los Angeles DAILY NEWS on July 15, 1996. Here's what happened: some apple-knocker tourist from Indiana got busted cruising hookers in the Sherman Way "corridor". For the curious :), that's Sherman Way between roughly Topanga Cyn. Blvd. and Reseda Blvd. BTW, your correspondent lives fairly close to the area, and I'd say don't bother. The hookers there are mainly the semi-pro druggies who moved west after the Great Sepulveda Blvd. Bust a few months ago. The tourist said he had the bail money in cash at his hotel (the Warner Center Marriott). He was promptly taken there by Sgt. Minner of the LAPD West Valley Vice Squad. A police escort to get the bail money! Nice! Next time I'm being mugged, I'll make sure I crawl toward a hooker! Later in the article, Minner complained that there are only 5 vice cops in the West Valley squad. So he wastes 20% of his manpower to personally go and collect a misdemeanor fine? Oh yeah, in cash...hmmm... When Minner asked what this yokel was doing on Sherman Way, the wayward tourist blurted out that he had seen "the corridor" mentioned on the World Wide Web. The technically challenged vice cop apparently thought this was a new sex magazine dealing with arachnophilia. But when he got back to the station, with some Nethead help, he managed to find the World Sex Guide. Minner further reported that the vice squad only got an Internet connection two months ago, thanks to some local do-gooder who donated a PC. The rest of the article was the usual holier-than-us sex-bashing. One expert, whose name I forget, said the WSG was "a bunch of unsavory people who like to talk about this sort of thing." Yeah...a _big_ bunch; entering "World Sex Guide" in Webcrawler brings up about 250,000 entries. Naturally, this incident allowed lots of political grand-standing. Councilwoman Laura Chick weighed in with another sermon on her pet peeve, Le Sex Shoppe on Sherman Way. This is one of the few XXX book stores left in the San Fernando Valley. Chick and her fellow members of the Anti-Sex League have been huffing, puffing and trying to blow down L.S.S. for over a decade. The moralists routinely lose their court cases on First Amendment grounds, which of course just irks them even more. The article ended with Sgt. Minner himself taking a bizarre detour into constitutional law, declaring that the World Sex Guide was "probably not what the Founders had in mind." Maybe not. But based on my reading of their works, they didn't intend for the state to take an active interest in its citizens' sex lives, either.
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