Another expressed incredulity at his arrest, arguing that cops should be going after rapists and child molesters instead.
All of them were slapped with a citation and a fine for buying sex on Sheriff Tom Dart’s turf. have focused their energy on arresting prostituted women— according to records from the Department of Justice, more than 43,000 women were arrested for prostitution-related offenses in 2010, compared to just over 19,000 men (this number includes johns, pimps, and male sex workers).
This won’t result in a criminal record, nor will they serve any jail time, unless there’s an open warrant for their arrest on a different charge.
“It’s gotta be humiliating for these guys.” A college student came in sobbing, “my parents are going to kill me.” He explained to the cops, and to TIME, that he had a girlfriend, but their relationship had recently gotten more serious and she’d said she wanted to abstain until marriage.For a few seconds, all joking stops, and everyone is absolutely silent.Once a deal has been made for sex, the undercover officer gives an electronic signal and the other cops rush in and cuff the buyer. (To protect the safety of the undercover officers, we’ve agreed to use pseudonyms.) After they’re cuffed, the johns are quickly taken to a third room, where they’re searched for weapons.He says that’s how he found himself seeking out a prostitute.“I’m going to fail at life now,” he told us, dejected.In the room across the hall are female undercover officers dressed as sex workers. Only a few hours earlier, they had placed ads on a site called advertising sex— already, guys are calling them looking to meet up. ” Her colleague, Officer Lisa*, says she sometimes gets asked “‘what do your tits look like? ’” When a client arrives at the hotel, the undercover officers text their colleagues to make sure everyone’s out of the hall.