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The municipal police of Tijuana told the El-Mexicano News today, September 24th, that they arrested a man suspected of duct taping and leaving a prostitute in a hotel room. The man, 30 year old Ricardo Moreno, allegedly taped and bound the woman after he refused to pay her for her services.

The 22 year old woman, whose name was given as Coral “N”, was found by a Hotel Flamingos employee this morning in southwest Tijuana.

While laws are contradicting in Tijuana, prostitution is technically legal. The Zona Norte is considered the tolerance zone where open prostitution thrives. Laws are in place, though not toughly enforced or followed, which require prostitutes to be tested monthly for STD’s.

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dwbat Sept. 24, 2012 @ 6:09 p.m.

RE: "Prostitute left duck taped by John in hotel room" You mean: 'duct-taped by John. The story has nothing to do with ducks. ;-)


tomjohnston Sept. 25, 2012 @ 9:03 a.m.

I'm confused. You've never heard of Duck brand tapes? It's a division of ShurTech, and they make all kinds of tapes, including duct tape. BTW, duct tape was invented by J&J for the US gov't during World War II as a waterproof sealing tape to keep the moisture out of ammo cases. Because it was waterproof, everyone referred to it as “duck” tape. I thought everyone knew that. My dad used it in the Pacific and till the day he died, he called it duck tape.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 25, 2012 @ 10:24 a.m.

Learn something new everyday! Did not know that.


David Dodd Sept. 24, 2012 @ 6:16 p.m.

Prostitution is not "technically legal" in Tijuana. Christ, READ THE LAW HERE, it's ILLEGAL. What they permit in Zona Norte is not legal, it's just not enforced unless they feel like it. And like dwbat said, there is no tape for ducks or made out of ducks that I'm aware of. And I'll bet you a caguama that Ricardo Moreno did not even use duct tape, which is excessively expensive here and not as easy to find as other forms of adhesive-backed tape that would be equally effective and cost less.


Visduh Sept. 24, 2012 @ 7:05 p.m.

So, Refried, if prostitution is illegal in TJ, why is that law not enforced? Inquiring minds want to know.


K. Mennem Sept. 24, 2012 @ 8:28 p.m.

Long story short, the women standing on the street being pimped is illegal.

Buying a women on the street is illegal.

The women having sex for pay inside is not illegal.


K. Mennem Sept. 24, 2012 @ 8:23 p.m.

Initiatives in 2005 pushed by then Mayor Hank Rhon legalized prostitution, even though laws still exist that make it illegal. Hence why there are contradicting laws.

The law is silent on the act of prostitution; hence it is legal. --To work in Zona Norte you must carry an issued health card (yet hardly enforced) --To keep the card active you must have it stamped monthly

Directorate of Municipal Health (DMS) reported that Tijuana had 1,700 registered sex workers in 2008. Numbers have decreased as health card testing costs have increased.

A 2010 study states half of sex workers in Tijuana are registered. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2882980/

However, many prostitution related activities are illegal.

--Public manifestation of prostitution is illegal. --Pimping and pandering is illegal. --Running a brothel is illegal. --Corruption of minors is illegal. --Public nudity/sex is illegal.


Visduh Sept. 30, 2012 @ 9:02 p.m.

The Hank Rhon story was a mixed one. Some thought he was the greatest thing to ever come along in TJ. Others had him pegged as a lifelong gangster. The fact that he decided to allow open prostitution in parts (probably all) of TJ tells me he was a gangster, not a statesman.


K. Mennem Sept. 24, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m.

Same sex acts such as oral sex were banned in several United States up into the 2000's. Sex laws are more on enforcement than what is written at your local government. Tijuana has taken the stance that prostitution will never be cleansed from the streets or clubs. Steps to stop sex trafficking and minors involved in prostitution have been implemented, yet has hardly stopped the problem.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 24, 2012 @ 11:02 p.m.

Same sex acts such as oral sex were banned in several United States up into the 2000's

Actually not several states, but a few, until Bowers v Hardwick was overtrned in 2003.


Duhbya Oct. 1, 2012 @ 10:06 a.m.

Hardwick??? Yer killin' me, SP! LOL


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 1, 2012 @ 1:33 p.m.

Hehehehehe...yes, the Bowers v Hardwick case was always immensely fun to discuss in LS b/c of the subject matter.....it is actually hard to believe the ruling from it happened fairly recently- in 1986 (awful decision), and it took another 17 years to get reversed. Generally speaking there are not very many SCOTUS cases reversed, and the ones that are overturned were decided long ago- in very different times, very unlike the Bowers case which was reversed in a relatively short period of time. .........


Duhbya Oct. 1, 2012 @ 2:05 p.m.

The hilarity continues - I see the decision was written by Justice Byron "Whizzer" White.


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 5, 2012 @ 2:42 p.m.

OK, this is unreal, I JUST NOW saw a TV commercial for DUCK TAPE!!

. www.ducktape.com

Swear to God.


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