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NEW YORK - Call it The Case of the Hot Dog Hooker.
Detectives with the Narcotic Vice Squad in New York's Nassau County arrested Catherine Scalia, 45, of East Rockaway, after they became aware that she was offering up more than kraut and relish from her hot dog cart on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin, according to police.
Authorities said Scalia offered to engage in sexual conduct at her home with an undercover detective in return for money. The undercover officer bought two hot dogs, then noticed suggestive business cards offering services not normally associated with a food vendor.
According to authorities, Scalia would inform customers to respond to her home, where she would perform assorted sexual acts in exchange for money.
Authorities said Scalia would solicit business, then bring clients back to her home in East Rockaway.
Neighbors said they are not shocked by the prostitution arrest.
"The way she dressed, you knew something wasn't exactly right there," one woman said.
"She was leaving little cards around the neighborhood for naked house cleaning, topless house cleaning," another neighbor said.
Neighbors also said the woman would often be seen in her underwear on the front stoop of her home.
"I always see her smoking cigarette with bra and bikini outside," one woman said.
Scalia has been charged with prostitution. She was reportedly arrested for the same crime eight years ago, also using a hot dog truck.