Prostitution Ring...in Eagan?
The 19-year-old Eagan woman who ran a teenage prostitution ring out of her condominium and the hotel she worked at, pleaded guilty to "use of an interstate facility to promote prostitution," according to the Pioneer Press. The Star Tribune article of the same day neglected to mention the exact charge she accepted in the plea, merely mentioning that she pleaded guilty "to advertising underage prostitutes on the popular Internet bulletin board Craigslist.org." Not that anyone would understand what the real charge is, but is it helpful to hear it anyway?
The lead of the articles also differs. The Pioneer Press starts out: "A Burnsville teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to promoting prostitution with a sex ring of Eagan High School teens as "party girls" offering a "Late Night Snow Bunny Special."" While the Star Tribune takes a more hard news approach and describes the accused and the charges and jail time she faces. All in all I prefer the Star Tribune version, partly because the inclusion of "late night snow bunny special" in the PP story made me re-read it a few times, and I'm still not sure what it means.
The ST version is at least 50% as long as the PP story and explores the issue of the minimum recommended sentence being more than the statutory maximum. The writer gets some quotes from a U.S. Assistant Attorney and a cop on the unusual situation, but neglects to explain what the difference is between a statutory and minimum-recommended, who makes them, and who actually enforces them. As a layperson that's what I was left wondering, and if these questions were to be left unanswered maybe it's better not to include the information.