The Kennebuck, Maine (Zumba?) Scandal

The Female Entreprenuer, Kennebunk, Maine

The following is a simple, short and sweet-as-possible, synopsis of the Kennebunk, Maine, Zumba Scandal, that has literally rocked this upscale, proud community onto it's aching back. Unless you live under a rock, by now you've heard and/or have seen some of the numerous news stories. Yes, another Heidi-Fleiss-Like tale...the stuff that tabloid reporters lust after. Those reporters are ecstatic. They may be the only ones.


Pedal Faster
Pedal Faster

Group Fitness Fever

Group Fitness Classes have been popular for a very long time, everywhere there are women (and some men) who enjoy the support group type of program that help them stay in shape, shed some pounds and simply get healthy. There are spinning classes,yoga, pilates, step aerobics and dance exercise routines. Ask any one who participates and they'll give you a healthy list of reasons why they show up two or three times a week, move their bodies and sweat profusely, all the while, feeling good and having fun. All of these groups are under the direction of trained and certified instructors. Let's move and groove to the music! Keep the pace and hold those shoulders up and back.

And then along came ZUMBA.

Ole!  Carrrrrumba!
Ole! Carrrrrumba!

A Little "ZUMBA" History

In 1986, Colombian dancer and choreographer, Alberto "Beto" Perez, arrived to instruct one of his aerobics classes one evening, only to realize that he had forgotten the tape of aerobics music. Searching his backpack, he dug up several of his own personal tapes of traditional salsa and merengue music. Beto proceeded to improvise a class, using this music. His entire class loved it and encouraged him to continue to use this traditional music for all of his classes. Public response was enormous and his popular aerobics classes grew and spread throughout all of Latin America, within a few years.

In 2001, Perez moved to the United States and teamed up with Alberto Perlman and a childhood friend, Alberto Aghion, a Corporate Executive, working in America. These three men produced a demo reel for Zumba Fitness. The trio then signed on with a firm which marketed the first ever, Zumba Fitness Home Video.

ZUMBA with "Shakira !!"

Please go away and take your microphone with you.
Please go away and take your microphone with you.
Alexis in court at her arraignment, Oct.2012
Alexis in court at her arraignment, Oct.2012
Mark Strong, 52, of Thomaston, Maine at his arraignment, Oct.9th, 2012
Mark Strong, 52, of Thomaston, Maine at his arraignment, Oct.9th, 2012

Welcome to Kennebuck, Maine, U.S.A. 2012

Meet, Alexis Wright, 29 year old, single Mom, and Zumba Fitness Instructor of Kennebuck Maine. Alexis is currently a little down on her luck. Recently, Miss Wright was indicted on one hundred and nine counts of criminal activities, to include tax evasion, violation of privacy rights of individuals and operating a brothel out of her rented Zumba Fitness Studio and Office.
Alexis is alleged to be the one and only employee of this brothel, whose clients number in excess of one hundred and fifty men. She has plead, "Not Guilty," to one hundred and six, of the one hundred and nine counts.

Also indicted as co-defendant, in this high profile case, is Miss Wright's friend, insurance agent, professional photographer, Private Investigator and alleged partner in crime, 52 year old, Mark Strong, also of Maine. Mr. Strong was arraigned on October 9th, 2012, of Fifty-nine misdemeanor counts, to include promoting the illegal activities of a brothel and violation of privacy rights, for video taping brothel clients, without their knowledge. Mark Strong has plead "Not Guilty," to all counts, stating he has done nothing illegal whatsoever, at any time.

It is further alleged, these co-defendants collaborated to promote, operate and open this brothel for business, from the Zumba Studio, in 2010. They conducted this business, kept meticulous records of each and every client, as well as videotapes of their activities with Miss Wright, within this brothel, without the knowledge of these clients. Authorities discovered 100 hours of videos, captured on a computer, seized by them, from Miss.Strong's office.

It has been estimated that the brothel generated $150,000 from October, 2010 to February, 2012, when authorities raided the establishment and arrested Miss Wright. Throughout this 18 month period, Alexis Wright continued to collect Social Services assistance in food stamps and other services from the State of Maine Support System, to the tune of $15,000.

Residents of Kennebuck "beside themselves," with Disgust and Anger.

Needless to report, when this story was busted wide open and flooded the media outlets in every direction, members of the quiet and lovely Kennebuck community, were at best shocked and at worse, mortified and disgusted.

Little did they know initially, that the very worst was yet to come. Numerous reliable sources announced the existence of the meticulous records kept by Miss Wright, filled with information in minute detail of every client, for every visit in 18 months. There exists. a Client List, that has been cleared by more than one Judge, for publication. Every name and address of every client is to be published....yes, meaning printed in all things readable to anyone who cares to read it.

Somebody tell me this is not happening.
Somebody tell me this is not happening.
This is THE END for me.
This is THE END for me.

The Outrage over the Dreaded LIST

News reporters and photographers took to the streets of Kennebunk, to give the residents an opportunity to speak their mind and purge their frustrations or pour their heart out about the gaping wound inflicted upon their beloved town. The reporters asked the questions, especially one they knew the nation wanted answered. What do you think about the soon-to-be- released list of Miss Wright's clients?

The responses were mixed. The majority of those approached were in favor of the list being made public. "Every other criminal has their name listed in the papers, why should these criminals be any different? They don't deserve any special protection." The public has a right to know who these shameful men are!" Then there were those who thought a little mercy was in order. "I don't see why that's necessary. This will be very bad for these men." The vast majority of those responders, were men.


Interestingly enough, in the midst of this storm, one man exposed his name voluntarily. Don Hill, the head coach for the local High School Hockey team, felt compelled to resign his position of 14 years. Through his attorney, he stated his resignation was due to unproven charges and false accusations that he engaged in unlawful purchase of the services of a brothel employee. The air was also thick with murmurs of a former Maine Mayor, who may have been a client, as well.

While the public awaits the eventual unveiling of Kennebunk brothel clients, the news stories will continue to flood the newspapers, T.V. radio and the internet. Where ever you choose to search, you will find an update of this latest, hottest scandal, that haunts the residents of Kennebunk, Maine. However, not nearly as mercilessly as it is haunting the clients.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

KM.....LOL, yes, I would say this story caused quite a stir at the time.....and is something they will remember & discuss FOREVER. You know how that goes! Thanks so much for your interest. Have a wonderful day. Peace, Paula


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KMSplumeau 22 months ago

Great article! And what a crazy story, I can't believe the how this one woman caused such a stir in her community. I'm not sure how I feel about the list of her clients being released to the public, but this will definitely be an interesting debate to have with people later. Thanks for posting!


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

au fait......Yes, in terms of women taking the brunt the majority of the time, we certainly have a history and knack for this....and I believe we know why. Slowly, we need to keep striving for "change." Just look how long it's taken us to get this far.

This was only page one news for a short period of time and then slipped to the back. A lot of people just let this story slip past them. You were not sleeping. It seemed to quiet down very quickly. May have had something to do with the 'List?" This is what I have always believed about that.

It was even difficult to get much info about the ultimate back lash.

Thanks so much for the visit and your input which is always welcomed.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas

Seems to me women are always the scapegoats in situations like this one. Only 66 of the men were convicted, 65 gave themselves up -- so to speak. Ms. Wright's accomplice spent only 20 days in jail (surprised he got any jail time at all), and Ms. Wright got the worst of it; 10 months in jail. She didn't commit this crime by herself and I think the part played by the men in this case, including her partner, was just as important as her own in 'pulling these crimes off,' so why is she the only person to truly suffer here? Only 21 of the men had their names published when all was said and done. I'm so sick of women always being blamed when things go awry, and men never being held accountable for their parts.

Frankly, I must be living under a rock or something because I never heard about this scandal before reading this article. What a great writer you are! Voted up, interesting, and shared.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Anya.....Zumba is a wonderful thing! So many of my friends are devoted to their classes. It is impressive how it has transformed their bodies and their outlook! (I do any working out at home since it suits my schedule and lifestyle better)

I wouldn't be concerned that this scandal may have tainted the beauty of Zumba. Kennbunk was an isolated incident and happened quite a while ago.

The public is smart enough to know that it was the poor character of the "people" involved and their motives of greed.....who simply used the Zumba studio as a front.

I read your bio. I positively LOVE Salsa Dancing. Very dear friends of mine owned a Latin Dance Club called "Tito's" I went there as often as possible for the music and salsa dancing! I was sad when they closed due to financial reasons.

Adios, Amiga...........Paula


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abrodech 2 years ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

I love zumba so it really disappoints and upsets to hear someone ruining its reputation as being a fun and exciting latin aerobics class!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

This little tale ended a lot better than it could have, due to the heavy-hitters who were "involved." Her clients were pretty much politicians, attorneys and law enforcement. Small town...lots of MONEY.

Suddenly, documents & tapes disappeared, people had severe memory lapses and there was a whole hell of a group busy sweeping dirt under rugs. Miss Zumba instructor raked in a whole lot more money than she ever dreamed of.....isn't America a wonderful place to live....if you happen to be of the privileged group?

Thanks for stopping by, Flourish......good to see you!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

When will people learn? It's funny how the setting and details of this type of situation have changed from time to time but the theme is always the same. It always comes down to a lack of discretion. The truth will come out in the end. The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

TT....you know, I think the list was exposed and printed somewhere, but I never went looking......there have been a few updates on what is in store for our lone bordello employee....and her partner in crime, who has been screaming his innocence from day one, of course......the creep.

It looks like since her Zumba class didn't bring in enough money.....she hatched the bordello plan....but she had no intention of working it for long....thus, the reason for the tapes and meticulous records....a little blackmail can reap big rewards.....except, not this time!! LOL


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

vnsatakopan.......No doubt the scam was planned well in advance, with the sole purpose of blackmailing.......unfortunately, they were caught in their own web!....


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Hm...instead of a 'massage parlor' this crafty woman decided to change it up with a false store front behind a Zumba class. Smart lady. Heck yeah, publish that list so we can point and laugh at the morons that wanted to cross the line and zumba in the buff, one on one. ;)


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vnsatakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Good to know that the oldest profession continues to flourish under different guises. Since videotaping was also involved, it is likely that blackmailing was also part of the service.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

vox......Ah..yes....the old "massage parlor scam."....LOL


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vox vocis 4 years ago

This reminds me of the movie "The Client List" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The movie follows Samantha Horton who starts working in a day spa in a local town, but soon realizes that the spa gives much more than massages.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Suzie.....I am the last person to comment on someone's "speed." I have two speeds, "wait a minute," and "I'm still thinking."

Glad you enjoyed this! Mike is being supervised!!! LOL.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Paula,

If there's any room under that rock . . . afraid its mine - apologies for not being up to speed, these cases always intrigue me! Zumba I am familiar with the fliers constantly being stuffed into my mail box but have never tried a class. It certainly throws a new spin on men only classes. Better be on the alert for Mike taking them up!!

Great piece , really interesting and you wrote it in your usual "gotta keep reading" style! Loved this expose. VU, THE WORKS and Shared!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well....I don't believe the comments express much, very different than your own opinion. I can surely speak for myself (often well and unsolicited)........I agree, sex is a beautiful thing when two people wish to express their love and passion for one another. The limitations and restrictions that exist, whether, civil, moral, religious and/or cultural.....are many. Man remains free to make choices however. If marriage and/or commitment with vows to monogamy are meaningless to either person......they should go for it.

Those who think of sex as "dirty" or for the sole purpose of reproduction, carry their own misguided perception, which is none of our business, however unfortunate for them.

I too think brothels should be legalized, if for no other reason, than Health safety. Yes, men AND women without capable or willing partners for one reason or another would probably be best off paying for their needs in a Carnal Dept. Store...as opposed to tomming around the bars and alleys.

I see no comments here as stemming from a "backward attitude," merely a personal attitude.....for whatever reasons....

The negative terms you feel are attached to the "men" in these scandals, seems to bother you. I'm afraid I'm unable to offer you any consolation. You see, since the beginning of time.....WOMEN have been labeled, "slut, harlot, pig, adulteress, whore....." while men slide by with "Stud, Romeo, Playboy, Conqueror, Valentino......" Historically, women have been ridiculed, ostracized, stoned and beheaded.....while men are envied, applauded, accepted & idolized.

If, in the year 2012, you object to "scum bag, bastard, sleeze bucket, whore-monger...." you'll get no apology......BUT! have a wonderful, peaceful day! I truly appreciate your interest and input. A female.


RBJ33 4 years ago

My goodness you certainly stirred up folks with this hub. Interesting what the takes are in the comments above. One thing that strikes me are the adjectives always used to describe the men in these situations. Always negative and nasty adjectives. To me these situations go deeper than most peopl accept , or realize. Sex in this country is a so misunderstood and misused. The manner in which most of us learned about sex is what we learned in the locker room, while drinking beer with buddies, rumor, and fantasies. Sexual drive is one of the strongest urges a man can experience. i assume the same is true for some women, but so many are brought up to believe it is something dirty, and only fo reproduction. Sex between two loving partners can be a most beautiful thing - an experience to be treasured and repeated. As far as brothels are concerned, I think they should exist and be legal. If for no iother reason than to service one whose partner is not able to perform because of an illness, or how about a widower, or any number of legitamate reasons. How do we stop being so backwards on such a beautiful experience?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bad Boy, Mike!... even though you made me laugh!! LMAO... Two separate businesses here......let's keep it straight. There's the work out in Zumba Class (her FRONT)......and then there's the work-out.......well, you obviously got the gist!


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molometer 4 years ago

Well, exercise and gym have changed quite a bit since I last attended. Which wasn't all that long ago.

If I had known this sort of thing was going on, I may have kept my membership. :)

We really should keep our fitness up!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

b.Malin....Yes...LOL...A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do!! Times are tough.

Ahhhh...No disrespect intended...seriously...but your friend's boyfriend "sits and watches her Zumba Class?" Is it me, or is that a tad creepy? If I was one of the other women, I'd be most uncomfortable, having a man watch a bunch of women dancing and shaking and sweating....if he's not also participating.."fantasies," anyone?


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I have a Girlfriend who Faithfully takes Zumba Classes, and her Gentlemen Friend, just Sits and Watches. No Zumba for Him! And Truthfully HE could use the Exercise...I'm just saying!

Really Funny, Interesting Hub, "Fpherm"...Times are Hard, Guess the Poor Woman was just trying to make a Living up in Kennebuck, Main. Ha, Ha!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well....I would love to spend just one day in that town. I would stand on the corner with a clip board taking a survey......"Excuse me, where do you think the better work-out can be found? At a Zumba class or in a Brothel??" .............LMAO!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I wonder if Linda and I live under the same rock? Not only have I not heard about this scandal but it took me ten days to get here and read your hub! Can't get more subterranean than that!

Oh mercy now I have to decide who to put on my write in ballot for president...Mohan, Martie or Billybuc....this is going to be a tough decisions.

Seems you've really got minds going on this one Effer but I bet you're lovin every minute of it!

Voted up, funny, and interesting. Yes, funny, though I'm sure ironic would've been better ;) GF you rock the world!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I love to dance also, Debbie, but usually at home...when no one is watching!! LOL......Thanks for the visit! Maria did a fabulous job on her Interview series. She deserves a lot of credit and a nice long vacation.......


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I do love Zumba.. but sometimes I can only do 30 minutes.. it will kick your butt..lol but I do love to dance and it reminds me of my earlier days when I danced.. Many blessings to you I read your interview that Maria did on you.loved it.,

Debbie


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jools...I am happy to report that the list has been published....I have yet to look it up. Not that I care. We don't live in Maine.....couldn't be any of my neighbors. lol.......I know that some of the fall out will be wives and children learning that Daddy is not such a wise shopper......BUT, better the wife knows. She can at least make her own decisions on what to do, if anything.

I "heard" about the UK scandal (I think)......sounds like the one Nell Rose described to me.....Oh yes, scandal scandal everywhere......and the world keeps on turning!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Paula, what an interesting story; it didn't make the news in the UK though, we have plenty of scandal of our own at the moment with a former TV star who it turns out was sexually abusing young underage girls who were on his shows. There will always be a double standard about Alexis' activities -in this country what she was doing is illegal, what the men were doing is also illegal but the police would turn a blind eye, the guys would get a smacked wrist and most likely told to 'be more careful in future', the list probably won't be published because the fallout would be devastating to all concerned but there remains a double standard when it comes to 'getting some strange'. She'll be portrayed as a filthy hooker and they will remain anonymous - that's life!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

YOU are the awesome one...don't argue with your elders please...it's not ladylike!! lmao!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Hahahaha, Paula! Okay, I am crying me a river, laughing!!

So now you understand why I feel so sorry for the wives and children. Only for their sake I hope that the names would not be published. But yes, one reaps what one sows.... let the wheel turn.... Every dog gets his day.

Five minutes after midnight down here.... I guess I better hit the bed....

BTW, you are awesome!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OH WoW...how to knock my polka-dotted socks off ,my ladyfriend!! You SAW him? Ewwww. I was married for 11 years to a serial cheater....."stayed" (did not forgive) for the same reason you took your jerk back.......security and stability for my kids....however, I lost all positive feeling toward him...he never again got my love, respect or generosity......soon as the moment was right for ME....I was gone with my kids and he was what he obviously always wanted to be, "a male slut." It all worked out just fine in the end.. I am happy, successful and in a loving marriage.....and he's a miserable drunk...still cheating on another woman.....Good riddance. You see, my friend, it is my firm opinion that men (and I do love men) NEVER know when they have it the very best they ever can......UNTIL, they no longer have it and realize no one wants him anymore!! Boo hoo...cry me a river...and then do yourself a favor and drown in it..... *** I never expected my news reporting to create such a storm!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Correction: Until the horses grow horns, he can beg.... in vain....

LOL!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

fpherj, just for the record ~ I did not see my husband's name on a list, but his entire naked body with a hooker in bed - and she did not charged him, she paid him with presents of all sorts to please her. So I've said goodbye, 'You've made your choice.' But then he begged me to forgive him, and I did, because many other things made him at that time the best security I needed for my children. Nine years later I divorced him not on the grounds of adultery - which was only a one-time offence - but for the simple reason that I did not need him any more - I was finally financially and emotionally independent. My children were raised and happily paddling their own canoes. And after all, he was a selfish and bombastic jerk and the source of all my unhappiness.

If I see the name of my boyfriend today on a list, I will say goodbye. He can beg for forgiveness until the horses grow teeth, I will not allow him near me again. And that's that. We only allow what we desperately need.

Hugs galore from me :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Carol...I understand the guys on the "client list," think the workout at the brothel is superior to the Zumba work out. .........I'm bad.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria....Welcome to the "ass-backwards" club of which I have served as Prez of, for the past 40 years....... We're happy to have you as a member.

I have a dual-purpose opinion on this brothel fiasco, but the LEGAL bottom line remains, like it or not.....names are public info when you: Drive while Under the influence, are involved in a street/gang fight, when you burglarize, commit arson, robbery, blackmail someone AND, when you use the services of an ILLEGAL brothel. IMO....I have no idea why a man would PAY for something that is given away freely and willingly these days by 90% 0f the NEW female population. but, that's just my opinion.

20 years ago....if I saw my husband's name on a "list,"....the next list his name would be on, would be the application for his new apartment.

Now? If I saw my husband's name on the "list," I would know that senility had finally kicked in....and laugh my ASS off.

Times change...people change.....all things change...and life goes on....


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I am always amazed at how people get away with murder even for a while. I enjoyed reading this hub...And I have taken Zumba classes ..some good and others not. It is a good workout. Thanks for this very interesting hub.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I am not far away but I am far off in my timing...I am reading this ass backwards, as per usual.

As I read both your hub and Martie's recent response, I see two issues, perhaps...as I respect you both.

Crime is crime. If something is established as a criminal act and you choose to operate, indulge, what have you...'when' you are caught, you are qualified for public scrutiny and opinion. As a shooting victim, I had no control of media frenzy, including my ugly high school mug being plastered over newspapers galore, since I refused interview.

Should this sex thang be a crime? It is clearly a moral crime of sorts and a reflection of society through the years. I am not convinced prostitution should be classified as a crime. It is sad, it is seedy and potentially dangerous for the women involved, whatever their reasons are for subjecting themselves to such physical and emotional abuse for money.

Of course, I have no answers. I have great empathy for anyone who feels there is not a better way out there to make a productive living.

Your analysis is thoughtful and well written. Voted UP and UABI.

Hugs, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Docmo & Martie........Now, you would both be suitable candidates to run for Prez! I shudder to think what a fabulous country this would be with you in charge!! YIKES! ZUMBA for everyone!! LMAO........I love you both !! Thank you so much for visiting my site. I love company from places afar!.........


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh my, Paula, you know I love you to bits. Wish I could give you a real hug. No, I don't do politics.... I KNOW I will be the best president this world has ever seen, I will change this world into 'heaven on Earth'.... Just vote for me! LOL!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Paula, this breaking news of scandal in a quiet town is like you say what gets reporters excited in a 'quiet news' day. Greed & Lust never failed to allure humans into misguided, illegal activities from time immemorial. I don't got to Zumba class but I do go to my gym. thankfully there are no illegal activities there apart from the clothes some people wear! (At least not that I know of. I'll be nervous in the steam room from now on!) Great write!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie, My Aries (Ram)......It did not feel like an "attack," in the least. To me, I saw the welcomed opinion of an intelligent woman with her very own thoughts. This is good for any topic amongst friends........which would NOT include the debates between Obama & Romney!!! LOL>


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Hi my dear Paula, thank you for giving me the opportunity to rant about people and their doings. I know you know I attacked the issue and not beautiful you, my fellow-Ram :))

http://hubpages.com/politics/Scandals-What-is-a-Sc...


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Jimmy saville was so famous for over 40 years, he was one of our biggest charity people, running, jogging doing tv shows, top of the pops as well, he died a few months ago, with a big hoo ha! then the truth came out, talk about scandal! he was most famous for stoke manderville paralympians, he was one of the main charity workers there, and everyone in britain nows him so well, he has worked there for over 40 years too, just think of someone who is really well known and loved by the public, and then see them like this! really shook the nation.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Unknown spy......Thanks for reading....now you know! LOL


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

never knew..interesting read!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell...Never heard of jimmy saville...nor the scandal.. Do a hub on it! Your friends across the pond deserve to hear the dirt that's going on over there too!!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Its a bit like the jimmy saville case over here, how shocking was that? now evidently there are loads of really well known celebrities that we see on tv everyday who are about to be outed! wait for the shock, or lack of! it will be interesting to say the least! I actually know of one, a few years ago my best friends mother in law joined a dating club and met a celebrity who was very well known. she went to live with him as his housekeeper, she lasted three days! the things she found out were appalling and the papers got hold of the story, but she never gave them permission to post it. now hes gone, and it will be interesting to see if his name pops up!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell....In this case....I think the plan all along was to "blackmail" the clients.... Why else would one woman, with the help of a male partner in crime...keep meticulous records and videotape the activities in the brothel? Unfortunately, before they were able to play out their plot....the cops raided because of numerous suspicions....Oops.....should have acted quicker...Now they're all in a heap o trouble!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Its all kicking off out there isn't it? what makes me laugh all the time is that the women involved are always dragged through the courts and their names are splashed all over the news, but the men are just as guilty so yes they should be named and shamed, bet they are all shaking in their boots! interesting stuff, voted up! nell


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well, Tammy and lovedoctor.......Have I got a news flash for both of you! Her Zumba Studio......and her "other" studio, were separate businesses.....totally unrelated. The Zumba became more or less a "cover" for the brothel (which apparently was an after thought, cooked up between Alexis and her buddy Mr. Strong)......She ran her Zumba classes as usual.....and the men in her Zumba classes were not her "clients" for the other business. They lured those schmucks in via "advertising.."

The chubby guys in the Zumba classes were really there for exercise!! LOL!! Thanks for stopping by ladies!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

There are men in my zumba class at LA Fitness gym but mostly overweight. The class is mostly women of course.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I hadn't heard of this before. That is mind boggling. I guess the first red flag for me would be a man wanting to take a Zumba class. We know men go to the gym to check out women, but to actually claim to participate in a Zumba class would be odd. I guess they were getting their workouts. It is sad that there is so little left in this world that would surprise us. Great expose.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I would not argue human nature and the fact that these activities are not at all shocking. However, the issue is in terms of the laws. Being that it is not legal to exchange one's womanly services for money, those who do so, leave themselves to arrest, charges and possible conviction w/ penalty. Therefore, as is the crux of the controversy, to publish or not to publish the Client list.....should be treated as any other crime is treated. This is what the general consensus is.

I look forward to your take on this entire thing!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Hi Paula, just want to say I will present those scoundrels. But they have to pay me. For their money I will sacrifice a few of my brain cells.... (But definitely nothing more.... LOL!)

I wonder if The Entrepreneur(s) had blackmailing as an objective? Now that would have been the cherry on the cake of their illegal activities.

I will publish my humble opinion of this entire issue in a day or two... It is actually just a lot of rambling thoughts about human behavior, perceptions and actions - a philosophic discourse...

Can't tell if it is worthy to be published. But how will I know?

Are there any new developments? Any more resignations and shocking confessions by VIP's? Oh gosh, I can only imagine what a disaster a case like this would be in my hometown. It would be like a virtual hurricane.

The only similar event many years ago in my town - or the results were similar - was the death of a well-known, successful and popular (let's say) businessman. Married to a lovely woman, father of 2 brilliant daughters, deacon in the church, and all that was good. And then, oh the shock the shock, he got himself shot by the estranged husband of his (secret) lover!

So sad! Eventually his widow moved to another city. Something I, too, would have done in her shoes.

And why the shock? Because of our norms and standards and our inability to understand and accept the human soul as human and NOT godly!

Love you, Paula!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well...she certainly has caused quite a stir, Glimmer......and whatever money she can make, shed better do it now, because her legal fees are going to be huge......not to mention what else lurks in the shadows for Alexis....Ooops!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

David......thanks for adding to your comment. Interesting!


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David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

Skiddish doesn't even begin to cover it. You don't wait in the cab, you go into the "establishment" and hang out with the "working girls" in their breakroom, often listening to horrific life stories. As a driver you are not allowed to leave a customer there. You are paid by both the brothel and the cab service but there are strict "unwritten" rules that are not discetionary. My wife was ill for almost a month at the same time I was out from my regular job recovering from neck surgery, so you do what you have to do to make ends meet.

I'm not commenting here to take a side between right and wrong, reading your hub just brought back a lot of memories from my temporary cab driving job.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

I bet she could make a lot of money with that little list. There have been a number of Zumba classes popping up in our neck of the woods. Hmmmm...makes me wonder LOL! Fun hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

This does classify as exciting, doesn't it? LOL Good to see you Dex! Hope all is wonderful in your neighborhood. Make sure you check out the Zumba classes where you live!! Ya never know what you may uncover!! (pun intended, I guess!)


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Wow! VERY INTERESTING things happen up in Maine!!!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Alastar....It isn't referred to as the World's Oldest Profession without reason. From the very beginning of time to the very end, this has been, IS and will remain man's most popular sport....and there will forever be women who oblige....legal, illegal, for money or drugs or gratis.

That's a very funny comment, Alastar....advising the boys to" get there work-outs on the Nautilus, not the Alexis." LOL

David Warren left a comment,(above) that has left me a little skiddish. Can you even imagine driving a "john" to a cat house, leaving the meter running and waiting for them to come back out?

I mean, WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE GUY IN THE CAB? Hey, the world keeps on turning..........

Yes, the "clients" in Maine....may need to head mainly....for the plane!


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David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

It is indeed sad. I have great sympathy for the workers of that trade and listened to many life stories that literally left me feeling that society is hopeless. Thankfully it was for a short period of time, in hindsight I wish I'd kept a journal.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello...and thanks for visiting and leaving your interesting comment. EWW, can't imagine the experience you describe in driving clients to and from......sounds a bit disturbing and uncomfortable to me.....Actually, I would not expect the clients to be single. Single men are free to find their women anywhere, publicly. It's the married men who must be careful and discreet (if this can be discreet).

Legal or illegal.....I'll never understand the women who work this business. To have such low self-esteem, & self-respect, to feel the need to stoop to the depths of hell....for money.....is so very sad to me.


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David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

I must also live under a rock, first I've heard of this. I live in Nevada where the "oldest profession in the world" is legal. Although I would NEVER personally engage in such activities I don't believe that laws are a solution. A few years ago while recovering from a surgery I drove a cab until I could get back to my real job. I drove a lot of "clients" to brothels, where you then have to wait on the property until their "business" is concluded. You would think that most customers would be single but sadly that is far from the truth. Interesting hub, voted up!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I had not come across such news. Although in my neighborhood people have been going for Zumba and getting addicted to it. Hope the addiction is for the good ;)

thanks Paula for the update on this new trend...lol

voted up as interesting


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Whoa! what is the moral of the story here- boys, get your workouts on the Nautilus not the Alexis? Spent some time a few summers ago in Maine and never dreamed such shenanigans were going on in the pretty Pine Tree State. You would think it's a slam dunk for prosecutors with the video, detailed records and all. Is Ms Wright claiming she dispensed her favors for free? In any case she was a busy beaver to say the least. Enjoyably written piece Effer, although it's sad to see 150 men so needing extra exertions they have to pay for tutoring after class. Sad too with any wives and families of the naughty boys.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LMAO......I saw it for the first time WITH my husband......He was a bit pale and shaky on the way home......I just smirked like the evil wench I am.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Dear fp,

That movie is the perfect must see for any husband thinking of cheating!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

That horrible scene!! That Whacko broad!!...That sleezebag husband!....That oh so forgiving wife!!....What a bunch of horse manure.......The 2nd person drowned in the tub, should have been him. It's one thing to cheat...it's another to almost get your wife killed! When cuckoo bird took that little girl on the amusement ride....I thought I wouldn't live to see the ending of that rotten movie!!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Publish the names! You play, you pay.... I can't help but remember the boiling rabbit in Fatal Attraction.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie...My sweet lady friend....I would look forward to your hub, based on your thoughts of this hot topic! By all means, click away! You write some of the best hubs in the community. Sharing, agreeing, disagreeing......isn't that what it's all about?

I know and you know.....mature, adult women...needless to mention, INTELLIGENT, can be dear friends and disagree on many things!! Makes it more fun!!............Love ya, Effer


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

teaches.....great observation....it seems you are correct. Alexis has no remorse for any of it. She may be a bit concerned about her fate at this point, but that's about it. You know, LOL....between you and me.....I had to chuckle, she certainly can't brag about earning only $150,000 in 18 months!! According to the "professional" girls....that's about 6 months worth!!.........Thanks for your input.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Angela....Isn't it amazing how our feelings and reactions to certain things, change so drastically as we age, wise up and mellow? As few as 15 years ago, I would be HORRIFIED and call for the heads (bad pun here too!) of every married man who paid for her services....although, realistically paying for it or getting it for free only differs according to the "law."

But now? I have to confess, when I first heard this news flash, I laughed and said, "Ha! So what else is new? Like this has not been going on since the time of Christ?"

It is also amazing to me that any adult, mature man, could be naïve enough to think they are "safer" by visiting a brothel...as opposed to picking up some Loose Lucy at a bar somewhere......at least Lucy isn't taking notes and filming your stupid butt!!! LOL!!

How MANY times do Madams and their "girls" have to cause a huge scandal, by coming out publicly with a list ...before men figure it out? duh! If these places are not busted by the law......the people who run them, do this on purpose for the money. Heidi Fleiss became a millionaire on the publicity alone!

Thanks for stopping by......We've all married at least ONE loser......we just take the trash out and move on, girl!!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Good morning, Paula, gosh, this hub of yours.... LOL.... I have so much to say about this specific ISSUE. I would like to respond via a hub. But only if you take my word that I like/love you even though you don't share all my views. My issue is not about people, but about laws and principles and people's perception of right and wrong. Heading for work now, bit will be back with you as soon as I'm home again. And don't you forget for one minute that I love you to bits :)))


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for highlighting the facts on this event. Nothing surprises me anymore. I hate to say it but you have to protect yourself and check out all the facts before joining anything these days. I prefer to workout on my own in a safe environment. (However, I think I am past the active Zumba stage anyway!). This woman looks like she has no remorse for her actions. I was shocked to hear all the professionals who used her services.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Ah...and the beat goes on (really bad pun) for a terrible situation. Like you -- I believe releasing all the names that broke the law is the thing to do. For a fact, and it's proven many times over -- when one pays to play one also pays for playing nearly every time. My sympathy to all the ladies who will be adversely affected by their men's bad judgment but these folks were all adults and absolutely responsible for their decisions. I can't throw any stones as I've been guilty of bad judgment, too -- unfortunately I married my mistakes! LOL! Super reporting/writing, my friend. Best/Sis


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Alecia....LOL....the fact that this woman had a side career as a You know what....really had no connection to the Zumba class.....It was merely circumstantial. Apparently the Zumba class didn't pay enough! Personally, I think getting mixed up with Strong was a bad thing for her... He's pretty much a flim-flam man...user and manipulator. I just hope he gets his due for his part in this, because despite what he is claiming through his attorney.....he's pretty guilty!

I think you're safe taking Zumba classes without any "funny stuff" going on! You're so cute!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie....Honey, you needn't apologize! You are an extremely intelligent woman with your own opinions. I respect YOU and your opinions. Mature adults can always have differing opinions and still love one another. You're my South African girlfriend!! I really do understand your reasons......and like I said, the "clients" want to hug you... In fact, I think they'd like you to represent them!!! LOL Peace and love to you!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

drbj.....Moral of the story: There is no such thing as a "sweet, quiet town," where people live! LOL


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Paula, I am sorry for not agreeing with you - you know I love you and I do respect your view on this.

Brothels are also not legal down here, but then, all laws are not perfect. In Holland and many other countries brothels are legal and people in need of their services have to live with the pros and cons.

In this particular case my focus will be on the future - what will be the GOOD and positive in publishing their names? I can see no Good - only heartache and humiliation for many-many-many wives and innocent children, and the satisfying of the revengeful urges of people who are definitely not obeying all laws. We are all guilty of violating laws - and as you've said, what is the difference in violating a serious and less serious law. In my opinion satisfying revengeful and judgmental urges is despicable comparing to satisfying the urge for orgasms. Really, publishing their names is in my opinion petty stone-throwing.

But this is only my opinion - I am really not trying to sell it... Just putting it down for in case the poor scoundrels need some votes... :))

In the meantime, all my sympathy goes to the wives, girlfriends and children.... and may those publishers get the opportunity to go through the same kind of hell they are now creating for the innocent in their urge to punish those who had dared violating the 11th commandment: Don't be caught!

1:30am down hear - and in dire need of sleep. Take care, Paula :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I see. Well, Martie, I'm sure these brothel clients would like to hug you. I understand your feelings and your rationale, as well. However, "brothels and their services" are NOT legal here in the U.S. except for Nevada. Thus, the fact is, these clients have committed a crime, just as surely as Alexis has, in selling her wares. This is not a matter of "sin" or scandal mongers, as far as I can see.

It is a matter of holding individuals responsible for their illegal activities. The fact that many of these men may suffer the loss of their marriage and family and possibly their career, is the hard core fact of taking the chance to commit a crime. Yes, I'm sure, a lot of it is being done to sound a warning to other men, but that's life.

Names are publicized in a newspaper for DWI's, tax evasion, theft, traffic violations, rape, vandalism, violence, mugging, car-jacking........There is absolutely no justification to with hold the names of these clients of a brothel. They truly are not special nor exceptional.......

It's a matter of opinion and I thank you so much for sharing yours with us. as for your purchase at the adult store........You GO girl!!! LOL


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

When I heard this story I was like- gee whiz- here we go again! Another seemingly innocent operation that's really a way for a desperate woman to cash in on weak men. Like you said- some men will never learn about things. They want instant gratification.

As for lil' Miss Alexis she should be ashamed of herself because now she has to account to the state and her family (especially her daughter) and as for Mr. Strong- I think he's the opposite of what his last name implies.

I took Zumba in college and it was fun but a lot of work. If I take it again it'll be at a big gym where I can make sure there's no funny business going on!

Voted up and interesting :).


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

fpher, I am definitely not in favor of the list being published for all to see. WTH, why.... to please a bunch of scandalmongers in need to believe that they are 'good' and 'godly'? If those on the list were criminals - thieves and murderers and abusers of women and children - then I would say publish their names, let us see who are the people able to ruin and even end our lives. But geez, using the services and products of a brothel, or a liquor store, or whatever satisfy individual needs, falls in a total different category - where the first without 'sins' may throw the first fricken stone.

Personally I have no desire to support any brothels or businesses of this sort - but just hear me lying - Just 2 weeks ago I supported a shop selling adult toys. Ooopppsss, please don't put my name on the list!!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Karen....Men simply will never learn. There is something far more vital to them than learning lessons. I'm grateful I needn't explain to any woman what that something more important is. Sad, perhaps.....even infuriating, however, it is what it is. A universal truth for all time.

At a certain point in our life full of experiences of every kind......we throw up our hands,build a wall or two and dash all foolishness of fantasy and fairy tale. I believe it's called maturity and reality. Whatever it's called.....it's a damned pity.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Soo....do I understand you to be IN FAVOR of the LIST being published or against it? Personally, I'm in favor of their names and faces being plastered to billboards along the highway!

Thanks for reading Martie.....I love it when you visit. I say, No protection for sleezebags.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh my, what a juicy piece of sensation for all scandalmongers! How absolutely ridiculous: ".... a Client List, that has been cleared by more than one Judge, for publication. Every name and address of every client is to be published....yes, meaning printed in all things readable to anyone who cares to read it..."

I thought we were living in the 21st century!

Thumbs up, fpherj, for a well-presented synopsis of the Kennebunk, Maine, Zumba Scandal.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

bac2basics....hmmm, yes...and not to mention what the wives and girlfriends of these men intend to do with them! UH-OH Not a good idea, guys!


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

How fascinating! I love it when people get caught out but feel sorry for the women in these weak men's lives. Great hub.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Well, effer, there go all my illusions about the sweet, quiet, town of Kennebunk and possibly its port as well. I know what the defense will say: 'It's all Beto's fault. He made them do it.' Thanks for the realtime amusement, m'dear.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

i read all about this and thankfully - i'm more yoga than zumba, and im guessin' a lot of the women who patronized her zumba-whore--fun-house - will be shortly as well..lol..

i must ask - WHY do men never EVER EVER learn???

Here come the 'big' names and the ruined lives..(those of the spouses - not theirs..)

i adore your sense of justice - keep it burning! I'm with ya all the way...


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Effer. What a scandal. There´s going to be a whole lot of red faces in this town. However I don´t hold with publishing a list of clients because of the hurt and embarrassment it will cause the wives or girlfriends of some of these men.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes....absolutely. Fair is fair. In this case, it definitely takes 2 to make this a crime!! There's a whole lotta shakin goin on, I'm sure!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wow, like Linda, I missed this story altogether. Us hicks out west in Olympia, we don't hear much about the scandals unless it involves a major political leader. Now I gotta tell ya, if I'm a male in that town, I'd be sweating bullets right about now.....as I'm riding out of town on the first train that would take me anywhere. What a bunch of schmucks! If Alexis goes down I want every one of her clients to go down too. Fair is fair, right?

Great story; thanks for keeping me abreast of the latest. :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I didn't think you would be surprised about another scandal. Much money was made, yet no one notified me about my "assistance!" I missed the boat on that one, now I gotta kick a rock too! Haha!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Kick that rock away....No, on second thought, you could break a toe. I am not a Fan of Zumba either. I like doing my work outs in the privacy of my own home...for free. It's quiet and when I get tired and I can fell on the couch! Scandal in Oralndo? What else is new?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

There is a Kennebunkport Maine.....it is the "port" of Kennebunk. But you prove you are on the ball!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've been under a rock. I tend to draw a blank whenever Zumba is mentioned, not my cuppa tea. I never heard about this, but I have been following a brothel bust in Orlando and I'm a bit peeved I wasn't aware of it and wasn't able to cash in on the deal.


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Diane Woodson 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

I hate to say it but isn't it Kennebunkport Maine?

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