Solicitation of Prostitution Arrests Now at 85 and Counting

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

From MPD:

“Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics and Special Investigation Division Human Trafficking Unit announced additional arrests have been made in a prostitution enforcement operation.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit began conducting prostitution enforcement. The 7 arrests during the overnight hours of Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30, 2015, bring the total arrested in this operation to 85 since Tuesday, July 14, 2015. These incidents occurred in and around the Downtown area in Northwest. All arrested were adult males charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.

The Metropolitan Police Department continues to respond to complaints about crime and encourages the public to contact Metropolitan Police Department with those concerns.

The operation is ongoing.”

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  • Come to 14th St above Columbia Heights. You could double that amount this weekend alone!

    • Where above Col Heights?

      • Yah, where is MPD in upper 14th St? A bunch of neighbors and ANC officials told them about a major prostituon problem on 14th centered around Spring Rd and going up to Randolph St, but nothing… Why can they do these stings in some areas, but not others?

  • Meanwhile murders are up 20%. But they, whatevs.

  • Accountering

    Well, this should take care of the violent crime problem. Bravo MPD!!! (/sarcasm)

    • The Human Trafficking Unit isn’t in charge of addressing violent crime, by and large (other than the violent crime of kidnapping people and forcing them into sex slavery). Read first, before you try to be sarcastic.

  • I know a number of people seem to be complaining about this as if it is taking away from other efforts, but there are a lot of associated problems/crimes that come with this type of activity (including the murder that likely prompted this crackdown) so I fail to understand why this isn’t important.

    • Agreed. Prostitution in and of itself isn’t the problem, it’s the extortion, drugs, and violent intimidation that come with it that make this all a worthwhile effort.

    • Many people, myself include, believe that prostitution should not be illegal and that many of the associated crimes that you mention only exist because of the black market environment that its illegality has created. If sex workers could call the police when they needed help, there would be much less violent crime associated with it. I believe that our peers here in POPville don’t think arresting John’s is important because there are much better ways to stop the associated crimes which you bring up.

      • Don’t speak for me dude, because i don’t agree with you. its time to take this garbage to the dump. Prostitution is a breading ground for crime. Once this is accept in your hood…then your just opening the flood gate.

      • This is hopelessly naive. Prostitution is generally done out of desperation, and making it legal doesn’t suddenly turn it into a great career option. Desperate people are always going to be subject to exploitation at the hands of those who would prey on them (e.g., pimps, violent johns, etc.). Rounding up the johns up will hopefully reduce this at the street level, although the exploitation will inevitably continue…..

      • I completely agree with you, Adam.

  • Courtland Milloy must be loving this news.

  • If the government legalized and regulated prostitution, then we wouldn’t have to worry so much about violence, diseases, etc. towards prostitutes.

  • Props to the cops! The murders in DC are absolutely and unequivocally awful, but any notion that the police should stop enforcing other laws or that they should ignore the open-air brothels that form downtown and in Shaw is incredibly misguided.

  • Prostitution is not what DC residents should be concerned about. But hey if you think a prostitute is going to rob, mug, slash or shoot you in Shaw at 2 pm then by all means keep encouraging your elected officials to police this and not the thugs that are literally killing innocent people. Yeah, prostitution crackdowns…that will solve it!

    • You don’t think that prostitutes are robbed, mugged, slashed, and shot, in addition to being raped and beaten? Please don’t act like prostitution isn’t a violent crime because it is. And these girls/women deserve just as much police protection as you do. They aren’t arresting the prostitutes but the men that solicit them.

  • There was a homicide in a 14th Street hotel that stemmed from prostitution. He was robbed and killed violently, these things do happen. The 14th Street corridor is well policed and manpower will not solve the problems. It is hard to police everything and everyone or even to enforce laws upon aimless. Everyone is welcome to apply and be a career officer or a reserve. Stop complaining and help.

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