Total Arrests Made in Solicitation of Prostitution Operation Now up to 224

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From MPD:

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

On Sunday, August 23, 2015, nine adult males were arrested. The men have all been charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.

The total count of arrests in this operation so far is 224. These recent arrests took place in and around the downtown area in Washington, DC.

The Human Trafficking Unit began conducting prostitution enforcement operations on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

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

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  • MPD: you do realize that your attempt to divert focus from violent crime to prostitution isn’t fooling anyone, right?
    (Yes, I’m fully cognizant of the various issues with criminalized prostitution. This post isn’t intended to marginalized those issues.)

    • justinbc

      Divert focus? Can they only do one task at a time? This is something that you can actually go out and easily sit and arrest people for doing. You can’t just sit out in your car and wait for someone to shoot someone, by that point it’s too late.

      • Linc Park SE

        You can sit in your *unmarked* car in known drug areas and make drug busts.

        And apparently if you hang out in your squad car/tent at 7/O or 11/Monroe area – you’ll be closer to responding to a shooting and catching the perp

      • I haven’t noticed such a barrage of prostitution sting pressers before the recent uptick in violent crime. Is this mere coincidence? Maybe…

        • justinbc

          Type “prostitution” in the search box above and you’ll come up with many of these exact same press releases going back in time. Whether you noticed them or not doesn’t negate their existence.

          • Justin, I’m going to assume that you’re not being unnecessarily dense and that you simply misunderstood the term “barrage”, which implies high frequency. Searching for prostitution in Popville seems to support my point that these pressers seemed to have increased in frequency following the public outrage over increased violent crime. Cheers.

          • justinbc

            You’re right. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit should totally be focusing their efforts elsewhere.

  • Linc Park SE

    Im mystified by the focus on prostitution when we seem to have bigger issues with drugs, and crew wars. ie Murders

    • Your mystified because you don’t live in a place with rampid prostitution on your street or alleys. Nothing like lose condoms and baggies for drugs greeting you in the morning on your walk to car or metro.

      • Prostitution is not a crime. Legalize it and watch it move off the street, watch the connection the drugs dissipate, watch it become safer and cleaner. Watch how there are more police resources freed to solve real crime. Most European nations have figured this out already. It’s a simple principle. We are all adults. We own our bodies. Land of the free and all that.

  • +1000

  • Prostitution brings criminals and drugs. It is relatively easier to scare off the Johns than the drug dealers, but if there are no customers,. there is no prostitution, and no turf wars.

    • Seriously? The ROI of prostitution can’t be anywhere near that of drugs. There’s way too much overhead and potential liability!

  • Agreed – MPD and the prosecutors need to show us better numbers on keeping guns out of the hands of violent crew members that are shooting up the city every week. Seriously, 100 + homicides and counting is a real problem facing this city.

  • Yeah nice numbers. Keep these losers out of my hood! props to the cops.

  • Serious question: why is this prostitution sting only focused on the downtown area? I live in NE DC (East of the River) and prostitution is a huge issue in our neighborhood. I’ve emailed Lanier and the 6th District Lieutenant directly and bring up the issue at the monthly ANC and PSA meetings, but… nothing. The usual response is “there’s not a lot we can do”. But apparently, there is a lot that can be done, especially if the downtown core. I’m baffled.

  • Props to the cops! It is great to hear that police are taking this issue seriously and successfully doing something about it.

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