- Stings have become standard as a means for achieving high arrest rates when it comes to prostitution (not to mention drugs). As depressing as that is, the comments you see under such stories are encouraging. As with this story about an operation in Birmingham, people tend to think its a waste of resources and shouldn’t be a crime to begin with.
- Another disturbing strategy I’m seeing is the increasing use of anti-prostitution sweeps and stings as a means to seize people’s cars simply as a revenue source. I recently wrote about a Detroit sweep that seized 70 cars and today there is a story of Canadian operation that seized 11 vehicles. The state usually makes money on seizures independent of whether the owner is ever charged or found guilty, thereby creating perverse incentives for law enforcement to target innocent people. Used in the drug war for years, the expansion of this practice into other consensual crime areas shows the government’s desperation for creative finance measures to compensate for fiscal recklessness.
- South Korea is a master of mass prostitution arrests. After an investigation of a bar, they recently arrested “252 male visitors and 37 alleged prostitutes – including 37 civil servants, working for government or state-run companies, 94 professionals, such as doctors, accountants and businessman and 121 others. The three owners of the bar were also arrested.” It doesn’t say whether they seized everyone’s car but they have clearly saved the country from a bunch of guys who wanted to get laid.
- Then there was a sting that snagged five hookers in Clayton , NC. Reporter, Barry Saunders writes:
If a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?
If, however, a woman falls down with a man for money in Clayton and no one knows about it or is hurt by it, will it get you arrested?
- Donna Rice Hughes, famous for her adulterous affair with front running presidential candidate Gary Hart and now less famous for her moral crusade against pornography, declares that porn is “the drug of the new millennium“ in her statement promoting White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (which, as pointed out by reader BoogaFrito, is actually two weeks long).
- The U.S. Supreme court hears arguments over California’s new law that makes it a crime to sell a violent video game to anyone under 18.