Tuesday, October 04, 2005

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Bob Buczkowski once made his living as an NFL defensive lineman.

Now, Buczkowski, 41, of Monroeville, will be working not with a defensive line, but a defense attorney. State Attorney General Tom Corbett last week charged the former University of Pittsburgh star with operating a prostitution and cocaine empire with a net worth of $1 million.

Along with his girlfriend, Amy Schifano, 29, of Plum, Buczkowski is accused of running a full-service vice emporium, offering customers access to sex and dope. Those items could be delivered to a customer's house like a pepperoni pizza, and the firm even accepted major credit cards.

When the pair were charged last week, it capped an 18-month investigation into the brothel-on-wheels that operated out of the eastern suburbs. At the operation's peak, officials said, Buczkowski and Schifano were fielding about 300 calls a day from eager customers.

With only five working girls charged by authorities, that's a busy schedule indeed. Three hundred calls a day is an awful lot of telephone traffic for an illegal business to conduct.

The operation couldn't have run as smoothly as it evidently did without the help, so to speak, of an accomplice of sorts -- the Pittsburgh City Paper, the free alternative newsweekly.

Buczkowski and Schifano placed advertisements in the City Paper's adult classified section to solicit customers. Employment ads in the City Paper were used to recruit prostitutes to their escort service, Buckwild Entertainment, according to an indictment returned in March by a statewide grand jury and unsealed last week.

City Paper Editor Chris Potter said his duties in the editorial department leave him no time to get involved in the operations of the paper's classified advertising department. To date, Potter said, no one at the newsweekly's parent company, Steel City Media, has been contacted by authorities on the subject.

It's unlikely they will be. Though local vice detectives say they often make arrests in connection with City Paper classifieds, clever wording and intentionally vague sales pitches allow the ads to occupy a legal gray area that keeps the paper out of trouble.

After reading a column I wrote on this topic in May 2004, then-editor Andy Newman was offended by the suggestion that the City Paper's ads might have anything to do with prostitution, saying as much in a fiery letter to this newspaper.

No one is accusing the City Paper of donning a pimp's green felt fedora and snakeskin platform boots. But when traveling transvestites offering "a heavenly experience" and college girls advertise their "services" in the paper, replete with semi-nude photos and links to pornographic Web sites, it's a wonder the ads continue to run at all.

Mike Seate can be reached at mseate@tribweb.com or (724) 320-7845.

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