TX - Bruce Wallis, 51, pilot, running brothels in Houston, 25 March 2016

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  1. wendybtn

    wendybtn Well-Known Member

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  2. SurfieTX

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    Lots, lots more at link: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/new...f-brothels-Kingwood-pilot-ID-d-as-7045060.php
     
  3. pappa rob

    pappa rob New Member

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    American enterprise at it's best?
     
  4. Woodland

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    Other than tax evasion, was not seeing the big deal initially.

    Unable to read the Houston Chronicle article without a subscription, so not sure about the circumstances about 'aggravated promotion of prostitution' for the pilot and his right-hand person. Were any of the women physically harmed? Were they making their own choice?

    It's safer than walking the streets imo.

    The payment btw was $400 per week - not per day. Wondering if that included rent to live at the brothels.
     
  5. jjenny

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    Some people think tax evasion is a big deal. Prostitution is illegal and this guy had a respected job as an airline pilot. Apparently he is also accused of using his flight school as a front to make sure there were legitimate employment records for the women.

    "Wallis is also accused of using Eastex Aero, his flight school and charter service in Porter, north of Houston, as a front to make sure the women who worked for him had a "legitimate" employment records and financial statements, according to court records."
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...ng-brothels-7012096.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop
     
  6. wendybtn

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    The payment may have been $400 per week, but as a pimp, I don't assume he let the workers keep everything they earned.
     
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    Just to clarify - I agree the tax evasion was a big deal, hence the use of 'other than'.

    Re-wording - don't see the big deal if these adults chose to participate in this activity - but they should pay the tax on the income. If it was legal - they would. Or some of it anyway.

    Otherwise, keep your day job.
     
  9. Woodland

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    Unable to assume he was pimping the women. From what I can read (full articles limited outside of US on this one) they did their 'thing' and he gave them a safe haven to do that 'thing' - for a flat rate of $400 per week.

    So who should pay the tax on the $400 per week income - the pilot or the gals? Or both?
     
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    I don't know why you are trying to minimize it.
    $400 per week is per one woman. Since he had multiple women working for him obviously he was making a lot more than $400 per week. Some reports say he had 20 women working for him. If that is accurate, he was making $400x20=$8,000 per week. That would be his income, not the prostitutes'. So he is the one who would need to pay taxes on this income. However much prostitutes had left after they paid him-that's their income and they would be responsible for paying taxes on that income.
     
  12. Woodland

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    Not trying to minimize this - just looking at it for exactly what it is.

    I get what his income was from this - a sales transaction imo. An agent (pro) sells a product/service at retail/market value and pays out fees for items/services (pilot) used along the way. Usually a win-win or people wouldn't bother - speaking of only those choosing to do this.

    I guess the pro could/should claim the total value and deduct expenses. Those receiving payment for expenses should then claim that income.
     
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    From the links posted I will not be surprised to find out this man's setup is sex trafficking and not simply pimping out willing participants.
    He was an international pilot.
    Many of the women are Russian.
    He is being held on 'aggravated' promotion of prostitution.
    It is being investigated by the sex trafficking division. Do they investigate all prostitution crimes, or ones believed to be trafficked?
     
  14. human

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    Most prostitutes are originially child abuse or sex abuse victims.

    It is hardly ever a choice. It is slavery. Read up on what happens to prostitutes. Violated with bottles, for one.

    That is why so many have to take drugs in order to do it.

    It is not Pretty Woman.
     
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    A couple of explanations for the charge of 'aggravated promotion of prostitution'.

    (a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes. - See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/txstatutes/PE/9/43/A/43.04#sthash.cd6JQ7dA.dpuf

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/txstatutes/PE/9/43/A/43.04

    Another -

    knowingly acts;
    supervises, manages, invests in, owns, finances or controls a prostitution enterprise;
    when the enterprise uses two or more prostitutes


    http://www.matthoraklaw.com/CriminalDefense/SexualOffenses/Prostitution.aspx

    The explanation seems to be, if you knowingly promote prostitution, knowing you shouldn't, you are aggravating the DA. Or something like that.

    Lots of info being introduced that is not reported for this case - might be, might have, others this, others that ...
     
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    I agree there are no charges at this time that indicate sex trafficking. That is why I stated I would not be surprised if it turns out that way. There is always more information that comes out later as the cases proceed. It's a wait in see, but I believe there is more to this story.
     
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    Prostitution is legal in some places in Texas, I'm not saying it's right.
     
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    That's not true. It's only legal in Nevada.
     
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    http://www.chron.com/houston/articl...unning-prostitution-7212705.php#photo-9698789
     
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