Cop to Call Girl: Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living As a Beverly Hills Prostitute

Cop to Call Girl: Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living As a Beverly Hills Prostitute

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by Norma Jean Almodovar

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Those who thought they had seen the Los Angeles Police Department at its nadir on the Rodney King tape will revise their opinion after reading this shocking expose by a woman who joined the force in 1972 and left it 10 years later. Almodovar tells tales of drunkenness, extortion, theft, statutory rape and even murder by her ex-colleagues. And, when she left the force, she discovered a new dimension to police viciousness. According to Almodovar, she was criminally entrapped, not because of her new career as a $200-an-hour call girl, but because she had made known that she was writing a ``tell all'' book about her experiences as a police officer. She claims that she was set up by the LAPD on a charge of ``pandering'' and was imprisoned for 50 days for an offense usually punished by probation. Although Almodovar's story of her treatment by the police is convincing, her account is too long and at times tedious. Having withdrawn her $3 million lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, the LAPD and various individual police officers for conspiracy to violate her civil rights, Almodovar now heads the Hollywood branch of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), a rights organization for prostitutes. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This tawdry autobiography chronicles Almodovar's life from repressive childhood to a stint as a Los Angeles traffic cop to glamorous call girl. Supposedly written as an expose of corruption in the LAPD, this book instead reads like an extended kiss-and-tell letter to Penthouse , explicitly extolling the virtues of prostitution (``what horny woman wouldn't opt for such a lifestyle?''). Disillusioned by dishonesty in the police force, Almodovar embraced a life of prostitution and began work on a book about her life as a cop-turned-call girl. However, she claims that once the LAPD found out about the manuscript, they arrested her for pandering (a felony) to keep her quiet--and she served a three-year prison sentence. Unfortunately, what might have been a serious study of the moral and legal aspects of prostitution is undermined by Almodovar's seeming desire to imitate The Happy Hooker. Not recommended.-- Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.
Richard Paul Snyder
Almodovar grew up in upstate New York, came to Southern California for a two-week vacation in January 1970, and stayed. Following a fling as a cult religionist, the unhappily married Almodovar became a cop groupie before deciding to become a cop herself. Too diminutive to qualify for the regular force, the author settled for traffic officer, which still afforded her proximity to plenty of policemen to bed. As do many cops, she eventually became jaded, finding that law enforcement is a perverse world and that justice seldom prevails. Worst of all, many cops are crooks. The author claims she was a rarity, a workaholic, someone who gave 100+ percent, often heaping trouble upon herself for making coworkers look bad. After 10 years' service, three debilitating traffic accidents, and untold rebukes from superiors, she had had enough. Financial circumstances, sexual proclivity, and fate combined, and she ended up call-girling in high circles. Later, she was railroaded on a pandering charge for threatening to tell all about the LAPD. Often tiresome, often titillating; a by-the-numbers but occasionally diverting account.

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Cop to Call Girl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ParksPolly More than 1 year ago
Norma Jean is great!
Bernie-Weisz More than 1 year ago
The question is: "Is prostitution about sex or about the the right of adult women to choose for themselves what they want to do with their bodies"? In 1972, Norma Jean Almodovar landed a job as a meter maid in the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department at age 21. Shortly after, she earned the moniker "bionic arm" because she was writing vast quantities of parking tickets. She was also mixing work with pleasure. In "Cop to Call Girl", Norma Jean claimed that while she had sex with many cops, her main social goal was to find a policeman that was very adroit at "making love". Instead, she disappointingly discovered that: "cops think sex is like using a gun. All you have to do is take aim and shoot". Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor Norma Jean also wrote in this book that while she was only seeking pleasaure, some of her L.A.P.D. supervisors hinted strongly that having sex with fellow cops could have "other benefits", and that that "if she would have sex with the right people, this would be highly advantageous both politically and for her career". Official Negligence : How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD Could it be possible, in light of the Rodney King affair, that while there could never be any proof of these allegations, Norma Jean had more than just a very active imagination and this really occurred? Or, as the title of this book foreshadows her later choice of vocation, can it be that Norma Jean's claims were a justification for an unconscionable career choice? The reader of "Cop to Call Girl" will be questioned to decide just this. Norma Jean Almodovar also claims in her book that she was privy to other questionable, unsavory L.A.P.D. police behaviors. Labyrinth: Corruption & Vice in the L.A.P.D: the Truth Behind the Almodovar details stories of cops demanding sex from prostitutes. She claimed that the L.A.P.D., in the guise of protecting these women, extorted them into acts of sex, with the prostitute being faced with the dilemma of consent to free sex or being arrested. Sex Crimes, Predators, Perpetrators, Prostitutes, and Victims: An Examination of Sexual Criminality and Victimization Disenchanted with the corruption and hyprocracy of the L.A.P.D., in 1982 Almodovar found a "more promising" career. Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows Looking at other prostitutes, she examined their lives and saw that it wasn't stressful like her old one was with the L.A.P.D. The Happy Hooker Her first idea of prostitution was that it was a way to make a political statement, i.e. "it's my body, it's my choice". Claiming that she would rather "be a whore than work for the L.A.P.D.", once Almodovar began engaging in prostitution, she found out that contrary to the way she had been raised to believe about it, "the job" was quite enjoyable. In fact, she regretted not doing it 10 years earlier. Eventually, she was set up by a co worker, accused of "pandering", and convicted. She served 18 months of a 3 year sentence and graphically chronicled her incarceration experiences. Great book, fantastic read!