Last night, KOB ran that story about how the Albuquerque Police Department has been snooping around the Backpage.com-administrated classified page linked through SFR's web site.
According to reporter Valerie Castro, APD has made more than 20 arrests related to ads on the site. It should be noted that SFR doesn't control the ads; we simply contract with Village Voice Media, which operates the site nationwide.
SFR actually started researching prostitution arrests in Santa Fe a few weeks ago. According to the Santa Fe Police Department's records department, the force hasn't made a single prostitution-related arrest in the last 12 months. Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano also tells SFR his deputies haven't made any arrests in the last two years.
However, Solano did disclose that his office has attempted to arrange stings on at least two occasions, neither of which proved fruitful. He says the sheriff's office maintains a file on prostitution-related ads that run on the site.
Anyone involved in the Santa Fe sex industry (if, indeed, there is one) is welcome to contact SFR's news staff to share their stories, particularly if it involves legislators. Discretion guaranteed.
Update: KOB viewers unanimously criticize APD for wasting tax dollars on pointless prostitution busts.