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Stranger declares Bainbridge “Brothel Island”

Wow, only a few hours after posting my story on Bainbridge Police’s discovery of a brothel operating on Bainbridge, the Stranger’s Slog blog put up a post entitled “Brothel Island.”

Here’s what one Slog commenter had to say about the clumsy clients who knocked on the wrong doors and crept through the wrong yards in search of the brothel:

The dumba**es who ruined everything by drunkenly stumbling (I’m taking a wild guess here) through the brothel’s neighborhood should be publicly flogged by the responsible johns who just lost their good thing.

UPDATED: Brothel on Bainbridge

A brothel recently closed on the south end of Bainbridge Island shortly after police began investigating a local prostitution ring.

Operating out of a rental house until last month, the brothel had three or more resident prostitutes who served clientele from all over Kitsap County, including the island, Bainbridge police confirmed on Monday.

“It had heavy traffic and a lot of activity at all times – day and night,” Lt. Sue Shultz said.

Police learned of the brothel after receiving over a dozen complaints from neighbors. In a few cases, would-be clients accidently went to the wrong address or were spotted sneaking around in backyards.

“Neighbors were getting odd knocks during the middle of the night, with men asking for (prostitutes) by name,” Shultz said.

The February arrest of four prostitutes during a sting operation at a Bainbridge hotel also produced information about the brothel.

No one was arrested in connection with the brothel. Police had been staking out the brothel in preparation for possible arrests when it suddenly ceased operation and the tenants moved away. Police believe the brothel’s occupants closed shop after learning of the investigation.

“(Arrests) could have been our ultimate goal,” Shultz said. “But our proactive policing resulted in them packing their bags and moving. That may also serve the community as well.”

The prostitutes’ whereabouts are unknown, and police have ceased their investigation.

Police said the prostitutes were advertising their services through the Craigslist Web site. Two of the prostitutes were recognized as having prostitution arrest records. None of the prostitutes were from Bainbridge. At least one was from Bremerton.

Police contacted a few of the suspected clients but did not make arrests due to lack of evidence.

“We didn’t catch them in the act,” Shultz said.

Police would not disclose the exact location of the brothel as a courtesy to the neighborhood. Shultz said the brothel, which is now vacant, was in the southwest part of the island.

Noting the rarity of the case, Shultz said she cannot recall any other brothels operating on Bainbridge.

Many south end residents were unaware of the brothel’s existence.

“I’m amazed,” said Iver McDougal, president of the South Bainbridge Neighborhood Association and 30-year island resident. “A lot of people, I know, will be surprised and not very happy.”

Brothels don’t fit the image many have of Bainbridge, he said. The island has relatively low crime and boasts a well-educated and wealthy populace.

“We’re an upscale community and I think we have a sort of upscale self-image,” he said.

Kevin Dwyer, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, said the brothel’s operators may have taken advantage of the common belief that serious crime doesn’t occur on the island.

“We’re perceived as a safe place and maybe people here are more trusting,” he sadi.

The February prostitution arrests and the brothel operation may hint that Bainbridge isn’t as isolated and quaint as some may have thought, he added.

“It’s a little shocking that it’s happening here, but Bainbridge Island is, unfortunately, changing and beginning to look like other places,” he said. “We’re a part of the real world, not some emerald isle where everything is beautiful and there’s no crime and everybody is upstanding.”

They’re STILL talking about prostitutes….

Two days ago, Kitsap Sun crime reporter Josh Farley wrote a followup story about charges filed against four alleged prostitutes who were arrested at a Bainbridge hotel.

Over 48 hours later, readers are still commenting on the story. I think there’s almost 50 now.

To save you a lot of time, here’s a few highlights:

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Bainbridge + Prostitution = Vegas?

Sorry if that header got your hopes up.

Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil haven’t booked any shows at BPA as of yet. The Luxor has no plans to build a second pyramid on Winslow Way. And you’ll still have to cross the bridge if you want any action at the slots.

The Seattle Times has determined that the recent prostitution arrests are no cause for concern that Bainbridge’s “upper-crust community will start looking like Las Vegas any time soon.”

Huh. I was actually worried it would start looking like Seattle’s Aurora Avenue.

But that little “any time soon” bit has me thinking. How soon is “soon?” Will it take a year, two years, a whole decade before the prostitutes bring palm trees, sunshine and Elvis impersonators* to Bainbridge?

*Oh yeah, that one already happened.

The Stranger weighs in on the Bainbridge prostitution sting

Bainbridge got Slogged.

The Stranger’s blog, the Slog, gave its two cents on the now-infamous arrest of four prostitutes at an island hotel this week.

After grabbing a big quote from my post on the arrests, Slogger Brendan Kiley had this to say:

Kitsap blogs are freaking out (“What the?? Prostitution here?”)—but bedding down with lawyers and lobbyists in trade for cash, cars, and a nice vacation home is a hallowed Bainbridge tradition. They call it marriage.

Oh snap.

Prostitution arrests…on Bainbridge?

Bainbridge police sent out this bare-bones press release today:

Bainbridge Island Police Department concluded an investigation that resulted in four (4) arrests and bookings for prostitution on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge Island Police Detectives received assistance from Detectives and Officers from Bremerton Police Department, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and NCIS.

Detectives from the listed agencies coordinated their efforts since these suspects are known to commit crimes in each agency’s jurisdiction. Additional arrests and search warrants are likely due to the intelligence that has been gathered.

No mention of where and when. No call-backs yet from the BIPD. I’ll post more later…

UPDATE: See my new post on the arrests here.