Police in Prince Georges County, Maryland, plan to live-tweet photos of johns that it arrests. “We won’t tell you when or where, other than it’s somewhere in the county sometime next week,” according to a statement on the police agency’s web site.
The sting will be conducted by the vice unit, which will target johns with smart phones in tow: “From the ads to the arrests, we’ll show you how the PGPD is battling the oldest profession. Suspect photos and information will be tweeted.” The announcement characterized the tactic as a “progressive” and “unprecedented.”
Evidently, police there haven’t read The Scarlet Letter.
If convicted johns were sentenced to walk around with a scarlet J sewn into their shirts I’d find it distasteful—but at least the punishment would follow a criminal conviction.
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With no jobs and no way out, some Palestinian and Syrian refugees turn to “survival sex” — or are forced to do so.
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Leaning over a tiny wooden table, dressed in a shapeless gray-green prison uniform, she described her first encounter with him. “I was scared,” she said. “Why should I open up? But after Chris posted my picture on the Internet, I felt amazing. People commented and made me feel like I could accomplish a lot. After that, they knew my pain.”
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Shively’s work has shown that targeting demand can be much more useful than arresting the so-called “supply” side of prostitution: the women themselves, or the pimps trafficking sex. Most communities begin by sweeping the streets for the suppliers of sex, but ultimately find the approach ineffective, he says. The women are often victims themselves who’ve been forced into the trade for various reasons, and the pimps are easily replaceable once they’re taken off the street.
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President Obama, on the alleged sex scandal that involved 11 Secret Service agents ”drinking excessively” and “cavorting with prostitutes” in Colombia.