Connections between Anti-Prostitution Laws and Fake Sting Operations

Many of us are well aware of how anti-prostitution laws promote and encourage real vice sting operations against sex workers, but there seems to be much less focus on how these same anti-prostitution laws also promote fake sting operations, in which abusers tell sex workers that they’re vice cops so that they’ll comply to be handcuffed or tell sex workers they’ll arrest them for prostitution if they don’t provide free sex acts.

Once a sex worker is handcuffed, it’s much harder to defend oneself and get away from abusers, and the consequences have been tragic.  For example, David Naugle acknowleged that he pretended to be an undercover cop when he picked up sex workers off the street, and he proceeded to assault and rape them, killing at least one sex worker: .http://www.livedash.com/transcript/cold_case_files-(killer_on_the_strip%3B_the_doll_murder)/612/KICU/Thursday_March_11_2010/220880/ . There are many unsolved murders of sex workers  which he could be connected with. 

Why was he able to trick some sex workers into thinking he was an undercover cop and get them to comply to being handcuffed?  Because there really are vice sting operations against sex workers in prostitution and anti-prostitution laws allow for this.   If such sting operations against sex workers didn’t exist, then abusers wouldn’t be able to trick sex workers into thinking they’re undercover cops enforcing anti-prostitution laws.  Here’s another of many horrific examples of how anti-prostitution laws encourage violence and further endanger sex workers.

5 Responses

  1. It’s being done to whores. Who freaking cares? If hey don’t like it, they can either straighten out and up or suicide.

    And “abusers?” Please! Whores can not be abused or raped. At most it would theft and assault.

  2. Excellent point! Sadly, people like Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota will say that it’s our fault for being sex workers in the first place. From the initial AP story on the serial killer in January:

    Investigators did not identify a suspect, or say how the women were killed, but were looking into what clients they might have met shortly before they disappeared. One of the women was reported missing nearly 3½ years ago; another was seen as recently as last September. “Their deaths are a direct result of their business as prostitutes,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told reporters.

    😦

  3. Good article!! Yet another way criminalization encourages violence against sex workers — supposedly in the name of the law. (Not to mention abuse from actual police.)

    As for “Their deaths are a direct result of their business as prostitutes” I’m going to assume their deaths are a direct result of being murdered. Unless there actually IS such a notation on a forensic examination as “death by prostitution”?

  4. Sex workers are treated like disposable people – as though their lives and their rights don’t matter. Blogs like this one are helping push back against this prevalent, misguided attitude. Keep up the good fight!

  5. I don’t think jonolan’s comment is adding anything to the conversation, and the only value I can think of it would have is if police were looking for a serial killer in jonolan’s neighborhood.

    In which case, I’d consider it a very good starting place.

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