Is a local TV reporter ‘trying’ to moonlight as an escort?

Last night at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting, sex trafficking watchdog Sierra told the city council during public input that she was concerned that a local TV reporter was trying to sell escort services online on an internet dating site. She said she made the station aware of the person but they seem to be in denial since the reporter still works for them. I guess they claim this person’s photo was taken from them without permission and used in this manner. A lot of he said, she said going on.

Sierra commented, “If the media was paying their employees more competitive wages they wouldn’t have none of their news reporters looking for Sugar Daddies on these websites.”

I was made aware of this last week and have seen some of the ads. While it may be a ‘gray area’ since this was on a dating site, Sierra commented that it still is a form of prostitution.

I’m willing to hear someone out, especially if they think their identity is being stolen from them. I guess if I was in a situation like this (LOL, no one would use a half-naked photo of me unless it was for a weight loss website) I would report it to the police immediately without hesitation.

We will see how this plays out.

*I am not posting the name of the reporter or the station, so if you make any guesses in the comment area they will be deleted.




#1 D@ily Spin on 04.17.19 at 11:52 am

It’s no secret working for a local network is a small step above welfare status. Local broadcast TV is a recognized apprenticeship. A job here must become a better job offer in a more populace market. On the other hand, networks are tightening their budgets because cable and streaming takes away major commercials revenue. If the website is Tinder, it’s usual to show some skin. If one cannot move into national media, a career in porn is an option. It’ll get Trump-like attention and 6 figure hush money.

#2 Mitch Bartlett on 04.17.19 at 12:53 pm

It seems a bit much calling the reporter posting on a sugar-daddy site the same as sex trafficking. It’s not. There’s nothing illegal about seeking a sugar-daddy on the Internet. All she did was post a photo. For all we know she could end up marrying the person she meets.

This is not a city issue. Nor is it an employer issue. Let that reporter do whatever they like in their spare time.

#3 l3wis on 04.17.19 at 1:07 pm

I did see some of the ads, some of them were harmless like you said, but one of them ended in dollar signs. I may not be as savvy as a police detective, but I can pretty much figure out what dollar signs mean in an online dating ad. Either way, the reporter denies they posted them and has claimed someone is impersonating them. I think they have since been taken down. What I want to know is how does someone impersonating you get naked picts of you? Hmmm.

#4 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.19 at 1:14 pm

How is this any different from having local health care systems, developers, and brew pubs as the sugar-daddies for our local media outlets?

Oh, and if a reporter is involved with a sugar-daddy would that be an example of coating the news? Or, is that already being done in this town with or without any daddies?

#5 l3wis on 04.17.19 at 1:17 pm

LOL. The city has been prostituting itself out to a certain billionaire for years.

#6 l3wis on 04.17.19 at 1:18 pm

MJ, you are right, I deleted your comment, but did get a good laugh. Trust me, it’s NOT that person, in fact I might even dare to say, they are the complete opposite 🙂

#7 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.19 at 1:19 pm

One more question: Is this an example of workforce development?

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.19 at 1:29 pm

One last comment, I don’t think they should be known as a sugar daddy or daddies. How about “milk duds,” since they’re milking the dudes?


#9 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.19 at 1:43 pm

I lied, one more question: If this reporter where to interview Trump would the result of this interview be an example of not only alleged “Fake News,” but also an example of a fake billionaire being exposed, and hence a less lucrative catch?

#10 l3wis on 04.17.19 at 2:03 pm

The sad part is that person is actually a pretty good reporter, and very professional on air.

#11 Conservative Here on 04.17.19 at 3:51 pm

Who cares! Why is everyone so fascinated with peoples personal life. If you want to hook up with a rich dude, what do I care. Unless is illegal Sierra needs to find other things to worry about. Why the heck would the city counsel care or her employer for that fact. Peeps need to mind their own business. I find it hilarious and sad at the same time when people come up addressing the city counsel during public input to talk about stuff that has NO bearing City govt or things in their sphere of control. I remember watching a counsel meeting with her going on and on about sex trafficking but, the input was around some zoning ordnance or something routine and another dude whinning about the VA not helping him. I am like people take your Ritalin so you can stay on topic

#12 Sierra broussard on 04.17.19 at 4:06 pm

Looking for sugar momas or sugar daddys on a well known website to police for sex crimes not only advertising but had a naked picture from the face to the feet and had dollar signs behind the ad is prostitution. I have turned over the evidence to the street crimes unit. Like I said at public input if the news media will get paid a decent wage no news reporter should have to be on a well known site that advertises in sex crime this reporter should of went give plasma for crying out loud there is other ways to make money legally not on a well known site that is under police radar looking for a sugga daddy with dollar signs behind it .

#13 Trump's hair on 04.17.19 at 4:31 pm

It potentially gives the phrase “undercover investigations” a whole new meaning.

And, Woodward had a nickname for his informant. I wonder if informants ever have nicknames for reporters?


#14 l3wis on 04.17.19 at 4:49 pm

Trust me, this isn’t about some young, single reporter looking for an older rich gentleman to wine and dine them, this is about asking for $$$ in exchange for services, which back in the day is called prostitution.

#15 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.19 at 5:02 pm

“… this is about asking for $$$ in exchange for services, which back in the day is called prostitution.”

I don’t know, that sounds more like “professional” lobbying to me… Oh, and anyhow, what is it that they say about the political process? Something about how sausage is made?

#16 Trump's hair on 04.17.19 at 5:06 pm

Perhaps, this reporter is working undercover in more ways than one.

#17 Bucky on 04.17.19 at 6:34 pm

Sadly, the comment about TV news reporter salaries is very true. Most make less than a Wal Mart or McDonald’s employee. There’s a reason why the local TV newscasts and websites are riddled with errors and misinformation.

#18 My Mistake Mike on 04.17.19 at 6:39 pm

This is obviously a case of stolen identity or a photoshop prank gone too far. In either case, I’m sure PTH can get the Dutch Mafia to track down the culprit!

#19 come on on 04.17.19 at 7:24 pm

LOL! The add I see on this page as I’m looking through the comments is for 😂

#20 Sierra broussard on 04.17.19 at 8:13 pm

To conservative here I wanna say to you look what just happened the mayor wants to add 2 more officers to street crimes cause of the illegal sex crimes in the city I been saying this for 2 years so the mayor is on board with it so should I and or you and everyone else ignore that absolutely not just cause it’s not happening in your back yard doesnt mean you should mind your buisness it effects everyone in the city my public input effects the city and people that donate money to the news stations and who knows some council members might donate to the news stations as well my input at city hall is changing things in the city theres alot I have done to make changes in the city no I dobt want a reward instead I want people like you that thinks if its doeant happen in my back yard isnt my business I like for you to get involved and make it your buisness for other citizens in the community.

#21 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.19 at 9:08 pm

come on….. Did you know that the ads you see on your computer are based on your own past searches?


Bucky’s right….Used car salesmen make more than teachers and Walmart workers make more than reporters… #WeGotOurPriorities

#22 l3wis on 04.17.19 at 9:11 pm

MMM, so not only did they photoshop the person’s torso, but their face and identifying tattoos. Interesting.

#23 interested on 04.17.19 at 10:12 pm

hmmm….looks like a lot of people are checking out the site. What are they looking for?

#24 Warren Phear on 04.18.19 at 6:36 am

This is not about a reporter. This is about the great American dream. What the hell has happened to the country I grew up in through the 60’s? I’ll tell you what happened. ronald reagun happened. We slowly evolved from the United States of America to the Corporate States of America. Stories like this are a direct result of this venture.

#25 D@ily Spin on 04.18.19 at 9:25 am

She’ll be back after some ‘Commercial’. It’s not prostitution with gift cards. In this case, makeup and wardrobe. Sugar Daddys are public Snickers.