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Made in Hong Kong*

people live is very tough. People are
sold a dream, a hope, an escape from
the existing.environment."
"IT'S A CRUEL exploitation," he ad-
ded, "and they're selling it ih a very
vicious manner."
But Broussard brushes aside these
accusations. "All we do is sell ad-
dresses," he stated. "We don't sell
oriental ladies."
Yet Broussard's defense appears to
be undercut by excerpts from a "May-
June Hot Line," which is received by
subscribers. In it he offers, for a fee,
photographs and the original letters of
women who didn't make it in Cherry

Blossoms. The descriptions are listed
by number and subletter:
"6c) A 25 or 26-year-old Filipina ac-
counting girl who is half Chinese, 5 ft.,
132 lbs. She has a mole below her
mouth, but if she weren't overweight
we think she would be rather pretty. 3
letters & photos: $3.
"14n) These three ladies are rather
homely so we are selling them as a
group ... All three letters and photos.
This story was reprinted from the
summer edition of The Daily.

Eyeing a private eye eyeing a crook

parent hires a private eye to determine
whether the other parent-usually the
mother-is fit to care for the child.
Conrad said that the investigator
might watch the individuals as they go
to and from work and follow them into
bars and restaurants. The investigation
terminates either when the spouse runs
out of money or when the investigator
finds something out.'
Clare LeFerier, of LeFerier Security
and Detective Agency in Ypsilanti, said
because of no-fault divorce laws, fewer
individuals hire detectives to gather in-
formation which might prove helpful in
divorce proceedings.
BUT RICK MALIS, a detective for
Security Services, Inc. in Farmington,
said that often "girls call up and ask me
to check on their boyfriends."
"People are just more or less
suspicious of everyone these days," he
Other non-criminal matters which a
detective may be employed to in-
vestigate'include checking on a person
who is collecting workmen's compen-
sation, acid background and credit
CONRAD SAID HER agency is often
employed by attorneys whose clients
have been accused of rape and who
claim they are innocent.
"What we try to do," explained
Conrad, "is prove the woman asked for
it-that she enticed (the assailant) or is
Most of the private detectives agree
that surveillance is a fairly dull part of
their job, because it usually entails
many hours-and often days-of sitting
in a car watching, or following the path
of, a person. But then there are those
few investigations which have all the
excitement of a "Rockford Files"
episode or a detective thriller. And 60-
year-old Booth has a variety of in-
triguing stories.
WHEN A MEMBER of the Detroit
Mafia; who was also a witness in a $4
million suit, jumped bail in California
and returned to Michigan, Booth was
hired to serve a subpoena on him. But
since he couldn't find his witness, Booth
guessed that maybe a Detroit Mafia
don might lead him to his man.
The don, whom Booth refused to iden-
tify, had a tunnel leading from his
Detroit home to his garage and was
always trailed by two cars driven by his
hencemen. Late one night, Booth said,
the don "went to a store . . . on Mack
Avenue, picked up two big cases of
groceries, and headed out to the lake."
There, Booth said he watched the three

men list the canvas off a boat anchored
in a marina on Lake St. Clair, and
board the boat, and within minutes,
head back to their cars-without the
Booth, figuring that the groceries
must, have been intended for someone
on the boat, then called FBI detectives,
who found the man hiding out there. As
the detectives led the suspect away,
Booth handed him the subpoena.
ved a subpoena on a major area Mafia
figure who invited Booth to have a glass
of wine with him; dressed as a skid-row
bum to find out the source of poisonous
wine which resulted in the death of two
bums; and discovered that a former
chief of police in a city near Ann Arbor
was consorting with the Mafia.
The average fee charged by the
private investigators is about $20 per
hour, although some detectives, if the
case is especially dangerous, charge up
to $50 an hour.
Just as the substance of the cases
varies,, so does the time spent on each:
LeFerier said he has put in 20-hour days
workingi on a case. Conrad said in-
vestigators in her office have spent up
to 150 hours on a case, while Booth said
that he has worked on an investigation-
for a year.
BOOTH SAID that a detective must
possess certain characteristics to be
"You can't be meek, and you have to
be inquisitive," he explained. "And you
have to have a lot of common sense."
But aside from personal qualities;
there are state laws which govern the
performance of private detectives.
the Private Security and Investigators
Section of the Michigan State Police, an
investigator must be a U.S. citizen, at
least 25 years old with the equivalent of
a high school education. The potential
investigator must never have been con-
victed of high misdemeanors or
felonies, and must have either three
years experience in the investigating
area of a licensed detective or police
agency, or possess a degree in police
administration from an accredited
One of the most widely-abused rules,
according to Fox, is that which states
private detectives cannot pose as
representing a police agency or unit of
This story was reprinted from the
summer edition of The Daily.

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