Conviction for Praising Prostitutes (as “Promoting Prostitution”) Upheld
From State v. Peters, decided Monday by the Washington Court of Appeals (opinion by Judge Stephen J. Dwyer, joined by Judge Linda W.Y. Coburn and Chief Judge David S. Mann):
Charles Peters … was a frequent sex buyer—he engaged sex workers once or twice a week while trying to “limit” his spending on these episodes to $2,400 per month.
Peters located information concerning which sex workers were available for hire and which services they offered on a review website called “The Review Board.” Because he wanted to “give something back,” Peters also wrote and posted reviews about his own experiences with various sex workers. Peters’ reviews included detailed and graphic narratives describing his encounters with the particular sex worker he was reviewing, as well as booking information and an Internet hyperlink to that sex worker’s online advertisement.
Peters was also a founding member of another, smaller group of enthusiasts called “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” This group focused its collective attention specifically on Korean sex workers in the greater Seattle area. The League began as an e-mail chain but eventually grew into a private discussion board website. Peters served as a moderator to the online discussion board and was able to invite new members into the group. The members of the League also held occasional, informal, in-person meetings, which were often organized by Peters.
Peters regularly helped to connect various actors within the sex trade to one another. Peters introduced indepen
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