Police To Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting: What Do You Think?

Police facing criticism for new way to fight oldest profession.

Photos of prior prostitution sting from Prince George's County Police Department.
Photos of prior prostitution sting from Prince George's County Police Department.
When police decided to live Tweet an upcoming prostitution sting, they advertised their plans as if promoting a soon-to-be-released movie.

"From the ads to the arrests,' stated the teaser on the blog of Maryland's Prince George's County Police Department, "we'll show you how the PGPD is battling the oldest profession."

Reaction has been swift and far from favorable. "Public shaming and violence against sex workers. Absolutely disgusting," came one Tweeted response. Others complained that women and girls already victimized in sex-trafficking will be victimized further, this time by police.

The department sent out a statement that it's going ahead with the operation, and made clear that it's targeting johns and not the women they hire.

Which raises some questions:
  • Is it right to Tweet arrests before convictions? And does a public account of a sex sting further victimize women, or is it a valid way to rid an area of prostitution and the crimes that come with it? Tell us in comments below.
Dave May 05, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Oh sure. Innocent girls. Evil Johns.
JP May 05, 2014 at 10:18 AM
How about working on putting an end to some actual criminal activity? You're spending taxpayer dollars on a futile attempt to end an activity that hurts no one. Consenting adults exercising their free wills.
Marcus Aurelius May 06, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Make it legal, like you are doing with POT, at least these things are working for a living and doing something for their money compared to most Maryland democrats that do nothing but take from the system, never put a dime in and can't even feed their own unwanted bastard children
Natassia Grover May 11, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Whoever thinks prostitution is a victimless crime is an idiot. Most prostitutes are not empowered feminists living their dream career. Most of these women are addicted to serious mind-altering drugs, and many of them have suffered abuse in the past. Prostitution is degrading and turns sex, and the human body, into a commodity. It also increases the risk of the spread of disease. If selling body parts is illegal, renting them out should be illegal as well.
John Strother June 01, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Yes please do the videos, I know that these can't be shown until after court date. However letting people know it is going to been done will make no shows and that will hamper the girls business.


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