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https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/crime-and-courts/7171655-GFPD-uses-prostitution-sting-to-study-human-trafficking-in-the-city Saw this story on WDAY Friday night and was puzzled. The gist was that GFPD ran a typical John sting, with a non-existent prostitute. Here's the problem: No indication of trafficking here. I've watched "COPS," and I can tell you that adult women can and often do voluntarily engage in sex-for-money. What about this setup is even remotely related to "individuals who are doing this against their will"? Could they not at least have posed as an adult offering the services of a minor, or the services of a "young woman new to town" or an "immigrant"? You know, to draw in the real scuzzballs? The CVIC person is quoted as saying that ordinary Johns "are doing harm and may not realize the person providing sex to them is going through, they may be being beaten, held against their will, starved." But all you could possibly accomplish here is to soften the market for ALL prostitution. You could bust 1000 Johns (ruining countless lives) and not put a single dent in 'human trafficking.' Would this not have been infinitely more intelligent to set up as a reverse sting, drawing in the trafficked, or the traffickers, rather than three horny, lonely dudes who were just looking for love in the wrong place? I really hope that the Herald and WDAY either got the story wrong or that certain details were left out. Because otherwise this sounds like a Keystone Kops exercise, devoid of logic, and I want to believe that the GFPD is better than that. If you want to bust regular Johns, fine, but please don't pretend it has anything to do with some greater evil. (Discussion time) What say you...is it time to legalize and regulate the sex trade in ND?
Since the last crime-related thread was shut down a while back, I figure we need a new one. And with headlines like this, we needed a new one BAD. Seems the Herald/Forum aren't messing around with this one, and got right to the point.