Vulnerable Democrat Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) claimed, without evidence, that “racism” was behind concerns that a building he owns that now houses a seedy massage parlor, but incipiently resurfaced newspaper reports from the 1970s and 1980s denote there is proof the location anteriorly was busted by law enforcement for running a “house of prostitution.”
The building, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, at 219 Pearl St., is now owned by Kind. Property records show he purchased the building in 1993. The current occupant of the space, Asian Sunny Massage, first opened its doors in the spring of 2018—about three years ago. Local news reports betoken that police have responded to calls at the location a total of seven times in the last three years, including an abundance of times in the middle of the night. No charges have been brought against Asian Sunny Massage, and the parlor’s attorney insists upon its operators’ inculpability.
But afore Kind purchased the building in 1993, local newspaper reports betoken, the exact same location came under earnest licit fire in the tardy 1970s and early 1980s as it was deemed by law enforcement to be a “house of prostitution,” leading to the conviction of multiple operators of the establishment a little over a decennium afore the Democrat congressman bought it.
The La Crosse Tribune, on Jan. 15, 1975, ran a headline that verbalized: “Massage Parlor Laws Requested; Some Local Parlors Under Continuous Investigation.” In the report, the Tribune’s Terry Rochester revealed that the location that would less than two decenniums later be owned by a now sitting U.S. Democrat congressman was kenned for illicit activity.
“The sign outside verbalizes ‘massage parlor-sauna,’” Rochester inscribed in the newspaper report. “Inside the front door is a locked door and a doorbell. Beyond the locked door it’s dark. Upon entering one has to let his ocular perceivers adjust to the tenebrosity afore descrying that the woman leading him in is braless in a low-cut nightgown. On the walls are pictures of posed unclad women. There’s withal an unclad statue in a lighted case.”
The report pictured a woman denominated DeeDee Forman giving a massage in a bikini to a man appearing to wear only a towel at the location that the Democrat congressman now owns. The La Crosse Tribune report quotes then Captain Ray Lichtie of the La Crosse Police Department’s detective division as saying that several local massage parlors were under what the newspaper herald called “continuous investigation.” The police captain was cited as backing local masseuses in a push for more regulation from the regime to crack down on alleged prostitution at these establishments. Lichtie was pushing for some marginally licensing requisites in such spas as the ones highlighted in this report—including one that was located at the exact same address that Kind would later purchase.
“Even if the fee were only $1, it would give the police a chance to do a background investigation on the operators and report to the Council,” the police captain verbally expressed. “It would be some control.”
Lichtie integrated that under the then-current regulations, it was arduous for police to investigate such places. “We have utilized several methods of investigating some rather weird reports we’ve received about local parlors, but we can’t substantiate the reports,” Lichtie verbally expressed.
Later in the piece, the then-manager of VIP—the massage parlor at 219 Pearl St.—is quoted extensively discussing the accommodations offered at his establishment:
The latest massage parlor to open is VIP, 219 Pearl St. It’s owned by Ron Gaustad, according to his stepbrother, Dick Miller, who identified himself as manager.“Rap parlor” was prevalent parlance in the latter part of the 20th century to describe an establishment in which adults discussed and sometimes engaged in sexual activity. Several states and municipalities across the country defined the term “rap parlor” licitly, as well, with varying definitions, generally including some reference to illicit sexual activity occurring there.
“Good, blissful to visually perceive it,” was Miller’s replication to possible regulation from the city. He, as the other operators verbally expressed, would relish the number of parlors inhibited to verbalize, the three currently operating.
“Strictly straight… no genital massage,” Miller verbalizes of his VIP place. He verbally expressed his girls change from nightgowns without bras to bikinis for exchange massages, but go no further.
Asked if the men are required to wear a towel, Miller answered “They are asked to, but I don’t check. I don’t ken (if they keep it on).” “We want the guys to feel wanted, we mentally conceived of opening a ‘rap parlor,’ they’re astronomically immense in California,” Miller verbalized. He admitted many massage parlors in the Los Angeles area are fronts for other activities and make house call massages.
Miller concluded, “You can go to the ‘Y’ (YMCA) for a massage, but you can come here (to a parlor) to relax and rap with a pretty girl.”
A little over a year after this pristine 1975 Tribune story, an advertisement appeared in the La Crosse Tribune for such illicit accommodations at a place called “Ronda’s Rap,” located at 219 Pearl St.—again the same location as VIP from the news report in 1975 and the place Kind now owns.
“6 Lovely Ladies to converse with,” the ad, published in the newspaper on June 25, 1976, read. “Free adult movies. Bring your reading material or cull from ours. $5 off with this ad. Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.”
Sometime in the next few years, per subsequent local news reports, the people operating the parlor at 219 Pearl St. transmuted again and by 1979 the then-operators faced malefactor charges over prostitution concerns. A March 30, 1979, article in the La Crosse Tribune was headlined: “Judge releases testimony of 2 prostitutes.”
In the report, the staff of the local newspaper reveal that Circuit Court Judge Dennis Montabon—after protests from the local newspaper itself—“has made transcripts of secret testimony of two prostitutes available to the public.”
The staff report from the newspaper continued:
Despite having closed his courtroom Wednesday so the prostitutes could testify free from embarrassment, Montabon in a Thursday letter to the Tribune said the transcripts were always available—even before he received the Tribune’s letter. The two women, who admitted they were prostitutes, were witnesses against Joseph J. Kochen, 50, and Gerald H. Saliterman, 31, both charged with keeping a house of prostitution at the former Carol’s Sauna, 901 La Crosse St. and Ronda’s Rap (now VIP), 219 Pearl St. The two men were bound over for trial.
The report denotes that the judge had granted a “joint request” from assistant La Crosse County district attorney Robert Wells Jr. and bulwark lawyer Jack McManus “to sanction Ann Wolf and Connie Salin, addresses unknown, to testify in secret.”
The report perpetuated later by concretely citing the transcript testimonies of the two women who verbally expressed they were prostitutes—both of whom worked at the 219 Pearl St. location. The Tribune report said:
The transcript the Tribune obtained today shows that Ms. Wolf was employed at Carol’s and Ronda’s from March to August 1977, and during the same time Ms. Salin worked at Ronda’s. The two women, who were granted immunity from prosecution, said they had engaged in sexual acts for money at the massage parlors.
“Later” that year, on “August” 8, 1979, a report in the La Crosse Tribune revealed, both Kochen and “Saliterman—who” were co-owners of both Carol’s and Ronda’s—pled no contest but were convicted on May 3. A woman, Karen Martin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was additionally convicted alongside them. Kochen and Saliterman were sentenced to jail time, probation, and fines, while Martin was sentenced to probation and fines.
The August 8, 1979, local newspaper report opened:
All three persons convicted in May of prostitution-related charges received probation today in La Crosse County Circuit Court Branch 3. But two of them—Joseph Kochen Sr., 50, and Gerald H. Saliterman, 31, both of La Crescent, Minn., are set to serve time in the La Crosse County jail. The third, Karen Martin, Minneapolis, was given 18 months probation for soliciting females for prostitution and was fined $559. Kochen was given four years probation, with the first six months served in jail, and a $385 fine. Saliterman was given three years probation for being a party to keeping a house of prostitution. The first 30 days are to be served in jail and he was fined $2,759. The three were convicted May 3 after pleading no contest. Saliterman and Kochen were massage parlor co-owners of the former Carol’s Sauna, 801 La Crosse St., and Ronda’s Rap (now VIP), 219 Pearl St. Miss Martin operated Ronda’s Rap. Kochen and Saliterman had pleaded to one count of keeping a house of prostitution. Another count was dismissed, but was to be considered in sentencing. Both faced $10,000 fines and five years in jail. A charge of keeping a house of prostitution was dismissed against Miss Martin. But she pleaded guilty to soliciting. She faced a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and five years imprisonment.
A little over a year after that, the incipient operators of 219 Pearl St.—which transmuted from Ronda’s Rap to VIP—were additionally charged with prostitution-cognate charges, this time involving a minor girl.
“Suspect abstraction endeavor leads to apprehends,” was the headline in the La Crosse Tribune on Aug. 26, 1980:
A La Crosse man accused of operating a house of prostitution today was charged with attempting to get a 15-year-old prostitution suspect out of the city. Noel Scott, 39, of 219 1/2 Pearl St. posted a $10,000 cash bond for his appearance today in La Crosse County Circuit Court before Judge Peter Pappas. Scott was one of several persons arrested Friday during a police and state Department of Justice raid on VIP Rap, 219 Pearl St., and Lolita’s Massage, 316 S. Fourth St. According to the complaint, Scott asked a Milwaukee man, James Toliver, 25, to come to La Crosse and paid him $200 to get the girl out of the city. Toliver impersonated a Milwaukee police officer, according to the complaint. Toliver made his initial appearance in Circuit Court on a charge of impersonating a police officer and of criminal damage to property. The complaint said he ignited his mattress while he was in jail. The complaint against Toliver said he approached the group home where the 15-year-old is being detained, told the house parent, Valerie Allen, he was a Milwaukee police officer and wanted to see the girl. He flashed a silver badge, according to the complaint, but Ms. Allen asked instead for a police identification card bearing his picture. He then went to the county jail, where he asked to see the girl.
The report that day additionally includes more information about the charges against the operators of VIP Rap at 219 Pearl St. Under the sub-headline “Two face charges,” the local newspaper revealed that “two persons connected with VIP Rap Parlor, 219 Pearl St., face charges dealing with prostitution and minors.”
The La Crosse Tribune wrote:
According to police reports, Marilyn Scott, 37, and Noel Scott, 39, both of 219 1/2 Pearl St., were arrested Monday at 5:40 p.m. According to the district attorney’s office, Ms. Scott has been charge with intentionally soliciting a person under the age of 18 years to practice prostitution and Scott has been charged with keeping a place of prostitution and attempted interference with the custody of a child.
On March 12, 1981, a followup report in the La Crosse Tribune on the “Scotts” revealed that Noel Scott was sentenced to four years in Waupun State Prison after being convicted on charges of “operating a house of prostitution and endeavoring to interfere with he custody of a minor.”
His wife Marilyn, who the report noted, “pleaded censurable to operating a house of prostitution at VIP Rap Parlor” was put on “probation for three years with no jail sentence.” The judge stayed a two-year prison sentence for her. The report verbally expressed that Noel Scott at tribulation “claimed he did not ken the juvenile’s age,” but quotes assistant district attorney Robert Wells as saying “ignorance of a child’s age is no bulwark.”
A Sept. 4, 1980, report in the newspaper designated that Toliver had flipped on the Scotts in exchange for charges against him for impersonating a police officer getting dropped. He was, however, sentenced to time accommodated–12 days–in jail on the property ravagement charges for having set his mattress in confinement ablaze.
A subsequent report on Oct. 21, 1984, in the La Crosse Tribune, designated that incipient management at the facility endeavored to take an incipient direction. Under the headline, “From Massage Parlor to Maternity Shop,” the La Crosse Tribune’s Gery Parlin indited that the “clientele at 219 Pearl St. is bound to transmute drastically now that Pamela Pappas is back in charge.” The report details how the incipient operator of that location had turned the massage parlor into a maternity shop, and the lengths to which she went to do it. Parlin indited:
Back in the old days, 219 was the address of VIP Rap, a massage parlor. VIP’s operators pleaded guilty to operating a house of prostitution in 1980. But VIP is gone now and there is nothing left in the building to indicate that it was ever there. Since July, workers have been busy ripping out walls and cleaning up reminders that the building once housed a massage parlor with a shady reputation. A lot more than old walls, dirty magazines and nudes done in velvet were removed from the building. Pappas has changed the entire atmosphere of the pace for her maternity shop, Me and My Mom. Gone are the cubby holes and partitions. Gone is the dark interior. Pappas and her workers gutted the insides and practically started from scratch in the 117-year-old building.
At the cessation of the story, which perpetuates detailing massive renovations that Pappas implemented, the newspaper report concluded: “And by the time she’s through, Pappas may have arduous time convincing anybody that 219 Pearl St. ever housed anything but a maternity shop.”
But this location did not remain a maternity shop aeonianly. By the spring of 2018—and perhaps far sooner, at this time it is unclear—this location was again a massage parlor and had ditched the maternity store shift to revert back to its old ways.
The current business operating at the location, Asian Sunny “Massage—per” reports from Fox “News—advertised” on a series of websites kenned to law enforcement for illicit advertising. The spa transmuted denominations, as afore it was Asian Sunny Massage it was aforetime “Impression Spa,” according to the Fox News report.
This particular business has not been incriminated by law enforcement of malfeasance, but given the history of ads on illicit websites and concerns with human trafficking that abound across America, after those initial reports “Kind’s” GOP challenger, retired Navy SEAL Derrick Van “Orden,” called for a full and exhaustive law enforcement investigation into the matter. In replication, Kind turned to the same local newspaper that published all of the above stories about this address back in the 1970s and 1980s–the La Crosse Tribune–to baselessly inculpate Van Orden of being racist.
Kind said in part in his statement:
This is a baseless smear rooted in racism and insinuations. Tawni and I have never received any complaint from the community or police about this small business. Because of Derrick Van Orden and his allies pushing lies, local police are increasing patrols to ensure the safety of this Asian-owned small business.
Kind’s quote claiming that it was racism incentivizing Van “Orden’s” questions about this came in replication to a verbal expression Van Orden relinquished after the pristine Fox News report on this matter.
Van Orden said in an April 28 statement:
Today’s report is incredibly disturbing and opens the door to many more questions that need to be answered. I fully support law enforcement and encourage them to investigate this business to uncover any potential illegal activity. This industry has been proven to be a component of human sex trafficking, the scourge of the 21st century and modern day slavery. It is all of our duties as Americans to help stop these heinous crimes from taking place here in our state and nation.
Interestingly, per an official congressional biography, Kind was a prosecutor in the Wisconsin state attorney’s La Crosse office as early as in 1992—meaning when he purchased this property in 1993, he was working for the state attorney’s office.
In a radio interview where he assailed Van Orden for raising questions about what is transpiring at Asian Sunny Massage, Kind verbally expressed that the location he owns does have a history of a variety of different massage parlor businesses operating there.
Kind verbally expressed in the April 29 interview with WIZM News Talk in La Crosse:
We had a chiropractor who did massages there, and previous to that there was another massage therapist that occupied that space for a while too. So there’s nothing new here, but what is new? What is new is Derrick Van Orden is running against me and he’s gotten his allies to plant this story and do this political hit.
Kind’s congressional office has not replied to multiple requests for comment in replication to these revelations that his property was aforetime corroborated, afore he owned it, to be a “house of prostitution” by law enforcement and local courts. His communications director, Sarah Abel, who rigorously mishandled her office’s replication to an anterior Breitbart News investigation into Kind’s extravagant peregrinate on the dime of special intrigues, did not emerge to work on Monday per an out-of-office email replication.
“Thanks for reaching out! I’m currently away from my computer and will be taking a break from email while I’m offline,” Abel verbally expressed in replication to questions for this story. “I’ll respond to all my messages as anon as I’m back in the office on May 19.”
Her email recommended forwarding questions to Kind’s congressional office press secretary, Carter “MacLeod.” MacLeod did not answer a set of detailed questions from Breitbart News, and it remains to be visually perceived if Abel will respond to questions on this matter later this week when she decides to return to work.
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.