American Samizdat

Friday, September 14, 2007. *
It was Rocio Palacios who first noticed the woman who appeared to need help.

It was 8 a.m. when she and her husband, Erasmo, dropped their 6-year-old daughter off at school and had picked up their 22-year-old daughter to go out for breakfast when they saw the woman waving her arms at 53rd Street and Kedzie Avenue last November.

The Palacioses, of Chicago, claim the woman approached their car, parked outside Manolo's restaurant, leaned in to the passenger side where Rocio was sitting and asked Erasmo if he wanted oral sex for $20 or sex for $25.

The couple laughed, realizing this wasn't a woman in distress after all.

But within seconds, Chicago police swarmed the family car, hauling Erasmo Palacios out in handcuffs. He was charged with solicitation of a prostitute.


Eight hours later, Palacios, who has no criminal record, was released from custody. And weeks later, charges against him were dropped.


The city wants more than $4,700 in towing and storage fees if he wants the car back.

I feel safer.

(Via The Agitator).
posted by Klintron at 11:06 AM
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