Uneasy Street

Is the crackdown on East Colfax's sex trade working? Ask the johns.

"Bad mistake," grouses another unsatisfied customer about a different service. "She was fatter than described...quiet and very inactive...not someone who wants to give service or cultivate business."

Other encounters fall somewhat short of paradise, too:
"Her body was worn and somewhat chunky (she kept lingerie on throughout to hide it), and despite the fact that she was reasonably passionate and skilled, the overall experience was extremely disappointing."

"No full service, $180/hr. No thanks."
"She asked for the money up front and then asked to see my driver's license. She called the service and then started reading my license number over the phone! I should have halted the whole thing right then and there."

"Her looks was average plus, oral was average, sex was below average, time was less than promised, price was high for the area, and big butt."

Although the call services are apparently still flourishing, Denver and Aurora police officials say their aggressive crackdown of the streetwalkers has helped to move the trade off Colfax--and scare away would-be customers, too. Aurora police say they still manage to make fifteen to twenty arrests every night they run their "Operation Johns," which uses undercover policewomen posing as hookers--but it's almost never the same men getting busted.

"The individuals who are getting caught aren't coming back," says agent Dan Mark of the Aurora Police Department. "We think it's making a definite impact on the customers. People are aware that when you solicit a prostitute on East Colfax, it's likely to be a policewoman, and your picture will be in the paper.

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