Law Enforcement Abuse against Sex Workers

With all the writing and talking that prohibitionists do about how bad prostitution is and how prostitution should be criminalized, I never noticed any of them say anything about how some cops use the prohibitionist policies they (the prohibitionists) promote to get away with abusing sex workers. For example, some cops have extorted free sexual favors out of prostitutes by saying they would arrest them for prostitution if they refused to give them free sexual favors. Of course, it’s not like the prostitutes could simply go and report this abuse to law enforcement. For one thing, law enforcement officials are perpetrating the abuse in such cases. For another thing, under the criminalization of prostitution, prostitutes cannot report abuse by cops or anybody else without incriminating themselves in the process. This is not equal protection under the law.

Also, not only do vice police trick prostitutes into thinking they’re clients, but there have also been reports of vice police having sex with prostitutes and then arresting them afterwards. Some law enforcement officials have defended such behaviors by acting like they’re just doing their jobs and acting like this behavior is justified because they couldn’t get the prostitutes to budge any other way. I don’t agree with people such as Melissa Farley who say that all prostitution is rape, but I contend that what I just described is rape, which the criminalization of prostitution encourages. In such cases, the prostitutes agreed to have sex with somebody who duped them into thinking they were a client, not with an undercover cop who would arrest them afterwards, so this is not consensual sex. When people call all prostitution rape, there’s a tendency to overlook cases that really are rape and how the criminalization of prostitution encourages rape.

20 Responses

  1. Farley calls law enforcement on their abuses quite frequently in her book.

    You know, if ya’ll would just calm down you would find you have quite a bit in common with Farley’s opinions about a number of things.

    So you disagree about legalization. For crying out loud, adults can disagree without this level of vitriol.

    Police abuse of prostitutes sucks. Let’s all tackle it instead of each other.

  2. That’s ironic if it’s true. On the one hand, she promotes prohibitionist policies against prostitution that encourage abuse, but on the other hand, she denounces police abuse?

  3. Where there is prostitution there is abuse. Nothing ironic about that. It’s built into the system. One person buying another person is an already unbalanced situation.

  4. The attitude that “abuse is part of the job description” justifies and encourages abuse. Anybody who is really interested in the rights and well-being of sex workers would be denouncing and fighting abuse in the sex industry rather than just saying that all prostitution is abuse. When people say all prostitution is abuse, there’s a tendency to overlook the cases that really are abuse.

  5. Consensual sex acts for payment do not involve the buying of a person, but rather then involve paying a person for sexual services. People in various occupations get paid to perform services, and this is the case in prostitution as well, though the services are different.

  6. Do you ever ask yourself why you have to keep saying that over and over? It’s because people don’t buy it. Sex is not a service. Paying for access to your vagina is not the same as paying you to mop a floor. It’s just not.

  7. For some people, having sex for money is much more desirable than mopping floors, and much less exploitive in some cases. Personally, I think there are various cases of worker exploitation in janitorial work, such as moping floors. It baffles me why some people refuse to believe that there are people who would choose to have sex for money rather than doing other low-wage work, long hour work that can also be considered demeaning. Just because some people refuse to believe this doesn’t make it untrue.

  8. It isnt the same as mopping a floor. And that isnt the same as painting a house. And that isnt the same as running a hardware store, which isnt the same as being the CEO of Home Depot.

    However, what is all the same is people getting money for doing things.

  9. Paying for access to your vagina is not the same as paying you to mop a floor. It’s just not.

    Why not?

    “It’s just not” is JUST NOT a sufficient explanation for such a sweeping, arbitrary pronouncement.

  10. I’m just guessing that the people who don’t understand the difference between a floor and a woman’s vagina are men.

  11. let your true colors shine, josie!

  12. Thank you swampass. And the same to you!

  13. I’m just guessing that the people who don’t understand the difference between a floor and a woman’s vagina are men.

    Um.

    Non-sequitur, anyone?

    This makes no sense on a whole lotta levels. So, if men don’t know the difference between a floor and a vagina… errr… I’m sorry, but I REALLY don’t know what you’re trying to get at here.

    Are the men mopping the vagina? Fucking the floor?

    If someone is a food service worker instead of a janitor, do they not know the difference between a floor and a sandwich?

    All of this sounds really stupid and I feel really foolish typing it. But I can’t make much sense of what you’ve said any other way…

    Throw me a bone here? What are you on about?

  14. Josie, in rsponse to the dehamanizing comments you’ve made toward sex workers, I’m guessing that you don’t understand the difference between “a floor and a women’s vagina.”

  15. I’m not a man. I understand the *service for hire* analogy just fine, thanks. Whatever it is you’re on about, not so much.

  16. For those of you who have spent all this time and energy attacking a book you haven’t even read yet, there are 36 pages referenced in the index for “law enforcement” and maybe 2 are positive. I can tell you for a fact that law enforcement is unhappy as hell with this damn book. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your little down home lynching party here. For people who claim to be so smart you don’t seem to know anything about this book or the author or the state of Nevada or trafficking. Pity.

  17. Lynching? Really? That’s uncalled for.

  18. ***WASHINGTON TERRORIST PIMPS***
    WORLD PIMPS

    The fact is that cops, FBI, CIA, male cops and agents commonly over the age 40 – 50 do in fact own and operate, use and abuse, escort services across the U.S.A. that employ youthful women ages 18 to 20. They make obscene profit and free Sex. Now what is wrong with this picture? These are nothing more than clients outta control and it’s like an all out invasion.

    They outright stole my escort service from me, shoved me into prison, attacked my son and family – because I refused to abet these govmt PIMPS in SEXTORTING politicians for their own GREED. All my adult life I have been in the Sex Industry and now after 30 years of Sex with strangers across the globe I am on food stamps .
    This amounts to state santioned RAPE of 30 yrs. This is now the norm as you see the Palfrey case being robbed of the MONEY and media blacklisted by their co-horts, the MEDIA PIMPS.

    With all this PIMPing going on I find it outright eerie the Pro Sexers would rather chew the buttons off of Farley’s blouse than address the subject of ABUSE.

    xxxMadMadam

  19. These official PIMPS are sugar and honey as long as all goes their way ($$, free Sex, Power) but let something go wrong and *WHAM* they will revenge you and your entire family and KIDS GANGLand style and the GREEDY COWARDS commonly utilize, and the fear of, their inside connections to the courts to ROB the Sex Workers of their MONEY (bonds, atty.’s, fees, fines, etc…) and their jails/prisons to dispense the tortured abuse much worse than their IDENTICAL back-alley brethern ghetto pimps who might just stab a ‘ho and go on.

    The FBI-CIA-WORLD PIMPS relentlessly revenge in groups and for years. GREEDY COWARD P-I-M-P-S – What else can a person call this please? Can there possibly be a polite term for this? Why does it even exist in the U.S.A. – now known as “The Great Satan” abroad.

    Keep chewing on Farley’s buttons and let these PIMPS keep picking us off one by one. Maybe they should toss chump change back for the Protection. Reward you while stomping my kids in the goddamn ditches – LITERALLY!!!

    xxxMadMadam

  20. Weinsteinz,
    I haven’t read everything Farley has ever written, but I have read various pieces she wrote and a common theme that I have noticed is that she spends a lot of time writing about how bad prostitution is, but refuses to acknowledge how the criminalization of prostitution encourages abuse and she hasn’t mentioned police abuse in the pieces I’ve read by her, even though she focuses a lot on promoting the myth that all clients are abusive and that the criminalization of prostitution protects prostitutes from clients and pimps. Yet, she provided no evidence to back up this claim.
    If she wrote about police abuse in this new book, it might just be “damage control” because she has traditionally not written about the police abuse that occurs under the criminalization of prostitution. Finally writing about such abuse could be nothing more than an attempt to “shut up” critics who have called her out on promoting the criminalization of prostitution while not addressing abuse from law enforcement officials who are enforcing these prohibitionist policies.
    Farley has been advocating for prostitution prohibition for over two decades and if she’s just now beginning to write about law enforcement abuse against sex workers, I really question her motives.

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