Giving cops a “get out jail free card” to have sex with the very prostitutes they’re investigating – hey, what could go wrong?
A lot, say critics of the unusual Hawaiian law. State legislators included language to end the practice in a new bill cracking down on prostitution this week, though the change was removed following police testimony that claimed the protection was essential for undercover operations.
The amended bill passed the state house and is scheduled to go before a Senate committee Friday. However, some local advocates seek to get the ban reinstated at that Senate reading.
Local Hawaiian news station KITV-TV reports:
“The original [bill] would have nullified the existing exemption, preventing officers from enforcing prostitution laws,” said the Honolulu Police Department in a written statement.…
“As it is, we are already subject to ‘cop checking’ where prostitution subjects do certain acts or attempt to do certain acts to determine whether the person is an undercover officer,” said Major Jerry Inouye, Honolulu Police Department Narcotics/Vice.
SOURCE: Chris Caesar
The Boston Globe