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Editor of Il Tempo indicted on charges of abetting prostitution

The editor of a Rome newspaper has been indicted on charges of abetting prostitution, for carrying classified advertisements for sexual services.

In a front-page commentary yesterday, Giovanni Mottola of Il Tempo said it was "rather odd if not worrisome" to be the first editor prosecuted for a crime "committed daily by every other editor." Many newspapers carry similar classified while television stations broadcast advertisements from telephone sex lines. He could face two-and-a-half years imprisonment if convicted. Rome - AP