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An investigative look at Toledo's escort services

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Chief Navarre said, "We try to dedicate the majority of our services where we get the most complaints. We do get a lot of complaints from the neighborhoods of street prostitution, and that's really what we're going to make our top priority." Chief Navarre said, "We try to dedicate the majority of our services where we get the most complaints. We do get a lot of complaints from the neighborhoods of street prostitution, and that's really what we're going to make our top priority."
These escort services can be found in any city's phone book, including Toledo. These escort services can be found in any city's phone book, including Toledo.
Advertised in newspapers as spas or escort services, many are fronts for prostitution rings. Advertised in newspapers as spas or escort services, many are fronts for prostitution rings.

The NY Governor Spitzer scandal is putting escort services in the spotlight along with what they really offer customers.

News 11's Colleen Wells has been investigating Toledo's escort services and what Toledo police are doing about them.

They advertise in the paper and are listed in the yellow pages. Seems like it should be legitimate, right? Many offer massages, showers and nude dancing ranging in price from $60 an hour to $180. But just what is a customer really getting?

Local law enforcement says its often much more than a massage. Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre explains, "We know from our experience that, although I'm sure there are some legitimate businesses out there, most of these escort services out there are fronts for prostitution."

So we called of few of these escort businesses asking about the services they provide. But hardly any of them wanted to tell us. One hung up on Colleen Wells and another said, "No thank you," then hung up. One even claimed not to speak English.

Why are they getting away with it, even advertising in the sports section of the paper?

Chief Navarre said, "We try to dedicate the majority of our services where we get the most complaints. We do get a lot of complaints from the neighborhoods of street prostitution, and that's really what we're going to make our top priority."

He adds that the department doesn't get many complaints about escort services. Combine that with a department that is finacially strapped. "We don't ignore the prostitution, but we can not put the amount of resources toward trying to enforce prostitution laws as we would like."

It's important to note that the police department has busted many of these escort services for prostitution and Chief Navarre says they will continue to do so.

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