"Hilary Holiday" arrested for prostitution in Eden Prairie; rates started at $400/hour [PHOTOS]

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Police say LaPoudre charged some of the highest rates they've ever seen.
One of Lora LePoudre's Nokomis neighbors thought she worked as a day trader. Another thought the south Minneapolis mother of three was a house cleaner. Turns out she's a high-end prostitute who goes by the alias of "Hilary Holiday."

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LePoudre was arrested on December 11 in an Eden Prairie Southwest Station condominium she apparently used to meet johns. She's been charged with a misdemeanor count of prostitution for which she could spend 90 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine. That's a relative drop in the bucket considering her rates started at $400 an hour.

Eden Prairie Patch first broke the news of her arrest last week. From the Patch report:
The case began in May when the management office of a condominium complex told Eden Prairie police that they received an anonymous letter. The person who wrote the letter wrote that 44-year-old resident Lora LePoudre was "a well known prostitute" who called herself Hilary Holiday, Detective Andrew Rohde wrote in charging documents filed Feb. 12...

In November, an undercover officer contacted LePoudre through her Hilary Holiday e-mail address, according to court documents. They talked via e-mail and phone calls and eventually arranged to meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. LePoudre told the officer he should walk right in her door without knocking.

The officer arrived, went inside and was greeted by LePoudre. They made small talk for a few minutes before she made a comment about going into the bedroom. The officer went in. LePoudre followed, took off her shirt and leggings so that she was wearing only her bra and panties.

The officer then asked where he should put the $700 he brought. She said that it was only $700, as stated on her website, and told him he could put it anywhere. The officer then asked she had any condoms they could use. She said she had lots.

At that point, Rohde knocked on the door and the undercover policeman identified himself as an officer.
And Fox 9 details the double life LePoudre was apparently living:
[Eden Prairie Sgt. Dennis Paulson] told FOX 9 News that Holiday charged some of the highest rates for prostitution he's seen. He also said it took officers months to set up a sting with LePoudre.

"It's the level of the person doing the business," Paulson explained. "Some of them we consider 'high-end.' She is going to vet her clientele closely, and it takes a long time."...

Back in Eden Prairie, neighbors in the family-friendly condo complex told FOX 9 News they are thankful police are enforcing the misdemeanor prostitution charge.

"It's crazy. This stuff is closer to home than one might imagine," said Krista Engebretson.

Police clarified that they believe LePoudre lives in Minneapolis and only works at the Eden Prairie condo, but Paulson said he isn't convinced the misdemeanor charge will make LePoudre find a new line of work.

"Most of the time, they turn around and they are right back doing the same thing," he said.
We've scoured the internet to find a bunch of photos, a bio, and a testimonial about the, um, services LaPoudre offered. Click to page two for some borderline suitable-for-work photos of LaPoudre and to read her bio from the American Courtesans documentary she appeared in, and click to page three for some definitely not-suitable-for-work photos along with a testimonial written by one of her clients (some of the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them).


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61 comments
mrgettingfit
mrgettingfit

Hey, illegal is illegal, it doesn't matter why she entered the business. She new it was illegal when she did it. 

rrmartens
rrmartens

With this article - you are surely going to seal her fate for the future.  Why not see past the deed and see something for what she could do beyond this line of work.....maybe she is trying to better herself somehow....

elle39
elle39

This is a perfect example of a functioning person, an EMPOWERED woman who chooses to do this work. The fact that law enforcement spent all that time and resources on stalking this woman instead of using precious and limited resources on catching child predators which are operating in epidemic proportions is sad and highly questionable. Sex work is not for everyone this much is true, however there are people who are doing sex work from a healthy platform! I realize that many people will have a hard time wrapping their heads around this FACT but it is a fact nonetheless. Ruining a perfectly healthy and functioning life is not acceptable! Just as you shouldn't have the right to govern how people believe or don't believe in God, no one, no government, no ideology should have the power to determine what an ADULT personally chooses to do with his or her body, life and mind. This is called PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY otherwise known as FREEDOM. if you knew what freedom looked like you would be able to recognize it. we are not free. sex work should be decriminalized. Why? This would establish harm reduction for the victims of trafficking (people who are forced) and you wouldn't be turning good people into criminals. Arresting sex workers no matter what their circumstances are is wrong. It does not serve society, it does not protect society, it's basically just a way to control people and profit off of people in a manner which is disgusting! How can you justify ruining a persons life simply because you don't agree with their personal choices? Choices that do not have a negative impact on you or society at large? Just because you might be offended simply isn't a good enough reason and does not justify anything. The police could have apprehended child sexual predators with the time and resources spent here. Instead of preying on this woman, there are plenty of child predators needing attention! I think police should direct all available resources at the problem of child exploitation, because even if they did so, it still wouldn't put a dent in what has fast become a worldwide epidemic. I guess the child victims needing to be rescued fall behind the need to go after adult sex workers whose clients are adults. Make sense to you because it makes absolutely no sense to me.

otherdog
otherdog

The cops seriously spent 6 months on this misdemeanor case??   

 Maybe I'd feel better about the lame state of MN, if you cops were, instead, spending your time patrolling the hundreds of neighborhoods that are literally death traps.  

This is what happened to me while in MN, and a 911 operator was on the line the entire time...  A cop never showed up, nor did an ambulance, and I stuck around along time because the guy I hit with my car never regained consciousness

After almost getting killed  by a gang of black guys that surrounded my car, when I mistakenly got off the wrong exit, and calling 911 and being told to state my location or she couldn't dispatch a unit when I could pinpoint my location. .. I vowed never to go near your ghetto state again...  Good thing I'm not a wimp like my mom, because she would have never made it out alive.

  I, on the other hand, went on the offence, and ran the kid, that was blocking my car, down, (broke my windshield, when he bounced over the car), that's when one kid started shooting at me.   

At that point, my pitbull, jumped out of the window that had gotten shot out of my car, and went right for the shooters nut sac.   

Long story short, after seeing these two kids buddies' take off running the second my dog jumped out the window.  I picked up my cell phone that was still connected to the 911 operator, and I told her she better send an ambulance. The 911 operator (another useless african american) still acted as blase as ever, even thought the kid my dog was mauling was SCREAMING for his life. 

 I told her if you don't care, why should I, and hung the phone up...  At which point I got out of my car, picked up the 9mm Glock the kid dropped, and called my dog off the bloody kid screaming for his mommy.  The kids arm was mangled beyond recognition, his pants were pulled around his ankles and his shirt was ripped to shreds.  I told the kid to tie his arm off or he was going to bleed to death.  ...whatever. 

I'm actually pleased the cops didn't come to my rescue, because my dog was such a bloody mess, they  would have probably tried to quarantine her, and I wouldn't have gotten to keep the gun.  

I  got in my car and continued on to Illinois.  

States want to ban pitbulls??   You should ban black people.  Your state is in chaos.  Keep arresting non-violent white women,  yeah, that's the ticket...

kristendiangelo
kristendiangelo

Hilary Holiday is an amazing women who actually fell prey to a stalker that she had earlier approached the police for protection against. She was denied help as at that time she didn't know who it was. This man, then began sending vulgar letters to everyone he could think of including her condo association, at which time they approached the police and this began a 3 month investigation for a misdemeanor offense. In the mean time, the guy who was threatening her and her children's lives and well being is still free and causing problems. (BTW, she isn't the first woman I've had another contact me about the same guy)

This case is a perfect example of police having to follow laws that are archaic and out dated. She was a productive member of society and kept her business separate from her home life, as most responsible adults do. And let's talk about her actions now that her business has been brought down.  I'd love to hear what you would do.... a) she could marry for money - truly legal and profitable enterprise in the US today...  b) go on welfare and of course work her way down the socioeconomic ladder, or c) have her and her kids who are of legal age to work all get jobs, pushing their schooling and well being to the side, and yes, at the same time work their way down into more dangerous neighborhoods and watch their lives fall apart! 

For many these choices seem better. For us women, it's our bodies and our lives, and we feel the government has no right to dictate what we do between two consulting adults behind closed doors... To date, government regulation of morality has failed, as it should, and yet, we persist.

Ironic as it is, even the couple interviewed didn't even know she was around till they were told and yet they were glad she was gone.... mull that over for a bit. Think about it, it wasn't too long ago us women weren't allowed the right to abortions or even to vote... being gay was illegal and you could go to jail for simply your sexuality. So many gays were stalked hunted down and the victims of hate crimes just as prostitutes are today. Oh,  and if you were black, well so many of the laws didn't apply to you.  It's truly time for change and I applaud Hilary for being honest and taking a stand... truly, I think your going to see a lot more of this, as the movement has already begun.... (for more about the documentary Hilary is in check out the film site at http://www.americancourtesans.com)

Robert1
Robert1

Can't buy advertising like this...


Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson

CityPages promotes prostitution and derives lots of dollars from it. At least this woman is an adult. The sexy photos reveal their real attitude toward women. Their hypocrisy is stunning.

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

So, who got hurt? How does this negatively affect anyone? They are consenting adults.

sugarlake
sugarlake

what a waste of tax payers money on a victimless crime .

Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens

She doesn't even look like a $4 an hr whore.

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

wow $400/hour....maybe i can get $800/hour since im hotter n prettier than her...lol...lol...j/k

lorilynnc
lorilynnc

Good for her! She was  not on the welfare line, and it sounds as if she lived an otherwise legal life. Leave her alone.

Elicia Price
Elicia Price

I'm surprised to see so much support for prostitution!? Do all of you proponents feel the same way about legalization of marijuana? Just curious...

Shane Willis
Shane Willis

I can only say from my experience as a taxi driver that there is a less glamorous version of this at the low end level, of young women and motels and drug dealers, and girls wondering aimlessly on Lake Street... Seems like the police prefer that, as it makes it easier for them to keep track of what's going on. Perhaps they don't make enough money to afford $400 and that drives them crazy, so naturally they need to demonize it...lol

Mike Alexander
Mike Alexander

Quit with the regulations America... There is nothing illegal about free will to have or pay for sex. Get over it.

Mike Alexander
Mike Alexander

Prostitution should NOT be a crime... fuck you guys. This country boasts "freedom"... what a bunch of garbage. It's her own choice to do it, and peoples own choice to pay for it. There are risks with any job. This country and it's people need to get over themselves and their regulation.

Britta Danielson
Britta Danielson

Amen, Buffalo: "This article would get no hits if it didn't have [PHOTOS] in the headline!" This article disgusts me. On the part of a publication I normally uphold and respect.

Britta Danielson
Britta Danielson

Shame on you, City Pages. This is complete and utter sensationalist journalism. And wow, Juliana. Wow. Not all sex workers are inherently drug-addicted, alcoholic, or "damaged goods." This is a classic example of shaming a woman who's simply exerting autonomy over her body, and making a choice that is HERS and hers alone to make. The way this is covered is atrocious, and the screenshots of her breasts on the last page is a tasteless touch. Prostitution in this case is between consenting adults, so why all the animosity?

Amanda Millette Pirkl
Amanda Millette Pirkl

That's some hard-hitting journalism! Honestly, this is nothing more than gossip.

Matt Roehl
Matt Roehl

What a positive way to bring up your kids.

zammmmm
zammmmm

So, we have an escort paying condo mortgage and HOA fees, taxes, and supporting three kids back in Minneapolis - and she's a villain? Meanwhile, on the blotter, there's a cop accused of sexual conduct with a pre-teen girl... 

So glad Eden Prairie knows how to prioritize their efforts, heaven forbid they put the effort in to tackle real crimes. 

Candi Olson
Candi Olson

she looks like she could pull $600 or more a hour.

Root Bound
Root Bound

WELCOME to the City of Minneapolis! now I wonder who got all the money that was in her house when they "arrested" her.

Stormi Randle
Stormi Randle

wowwwwwww...wat talents did she offer for $400/hr haaa lbVVS

Stefanie Schmidt Longstrom
Stefanie Schmidt Longstrom

Consenting adults. Prostitution is illegal but, porn is not? Don't they get paid to have sex also? Just legalize it.

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

Hey "Hilary"; get a real job and be a GOOD role model for your children you old lady! Granted its not like she killed someone, but I'm glad they caught her. She should have a much harsher punishment than paying a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail. Not mention, I'm sure she's a drug addict as well...look at her without make up. And I'm sure ALL of those photos on those sites were photoshopped considering how she looks in her mugshot.

evikjames
evikjames

They spent a lot of money during the MONTHS they were setting up a sting operation that will do what? A) Save lives. B) Stop crime. C) Protect rights. D) None of the above. How pathetic that our tax dollars go to trying to stop consenting adults from doing something that harms no one. 

Jared Shenk
Jared Shenk

This is nothing more than sensationalism. And to include her pictures as well. How shameful. Articles like this are part of the reason our culture continues to dehumanize women. The police dealt with this; that's fine. Just let it be and get back to important issues that affect all of us like why is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) still stalled in Congress?

mrgettingfit
mrgettingfit

@elle39 I do not see how selling oneself "empowers" somebody. She committed a crime, that is why they put effort into catching her. They upheld the law, would you rather they didn't?

nevermindme
nevermindme

@otherdog Wow! I am quite tickled at how a person can get there rocks off by trying to destroy another person by by far the most bizarre tell i EVER heard of, being that i am born and raised in Minnesota. The article clearly was not about any adventure in what you call the "GHETTO" of Minnesota. It was about a woman who made her living doing what she thought was best. Rather she was white or not.  A word of advice- Go and get checked for schizophrenia, you may have a VERY severe case. P.S I'm Black!!! Roof roof otherdog...;-)

Minnesota_Nice
Minnesota_Nice

@kristendiangelo How in the world has this criminal matter brought down her business? The only thing that may have paused her business is the fear of serving jail time due to continued illegal activities after being arrested. Of note, she has taken down her profile on The Erotic Review along with her provider Internet site. However, if she is just given a fine and no jail sentence, it is almost certain that she will resume her lucrative career as an escort. She has shown very poor judgment in this entire matter. As an industry friend of hers, how can you trust her after she spun that tall tale about the SWAT team entering her condominium during the arrest? Her arrest and the revelation of her private legal name were not factors in bringing down her business. In fact, she adores attention. Why else would she partake in your documentary? In conclusion, she is only afraid of serving time in the county jail. If the judge allows her to walk, she will be turning tricks once again in order to pay the bills and support her provider persona.

SadTruth
SadTruth

@Britta Danielson It is wrong for her to sell sex but OK for City Pages to sell her sexuality for some advertising dollars, duh.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@Juliana Christa Berg Ha ha ha, mug shots are always bad. And sorry ladies, but most of you without make up..well it's just another story isn't it? She seemed to have a damn good job actually. 

SadTruth
SadTruth

@Juliana Christa Berg Judging from your grammar and punctuation, I presume that you are a drug addict as well.

elle39
elle39

Minnesota are you an abolitionist? Abolitionists claim to care about women yet they absolutely feel entitled to disenfranchise women like Hilary, negating our right to choose for ourselves. You are just like a bad pimp frankly. You just tell yourselves you are in the right because you CARE about women. Your type of caring is SCARY.

elle39
elle39

It's sickening how people resent empowered women, especially women who are sexually empowered. It obviously bites minnesota_nice in the butt to see a sexy empowered woman.

elle39
elle39

You call yourself a friend? That's pretty rich. Maybe you are the one who contacted the property manager?

otherdog
otherdog

@Minnesota_Nice @kristendiangelo  you seriously are threatened by the actions of this woman??  Maybe you will change your mind when you get home invaded by a bunch of black hoodlums...  The worst comes to people that judge... It's called karma, and I bet when you are sitting duct taped to a chair, with a gag in your mouth, you'll wish the cops in your state were spending their time looking out for you, instead of oogling at a naked woman...  Oh, well, it's your taxpayer money at work, not mine.... u petty stupid woman...

mrgettingfit
mrgettingfit

@elle39 You are implying that a woman has to use sex in order to be "empowered". That is sexist. Plus, it is just plain stupid. So, are the 14 year old girls having sex and getting pregnant just "empowering" themselves? If sex makes a woman powerful, then why have any issues with female sex trafficking? If prostitution is "empowering" for women, why aren't you a prostitute? 

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