Texas cops brag about jailing adults for consensual sex
The sting operation did little to stem sex trafficking or use of minors for sex.
According to local media outlets, the McLennan police department carried out a sting operation in which officers posed as both sex workers and clients, netting 56 arrests (and 61 arrest warrants overall). They pitched the sting as a way to bust sex traffickers and help their victims.
But as Reason points out, it seems the majority of arrests were of adult women and a handful of men alleged to be their pimps, not underage victims or women pressed into sex work against their will.
Although the relationship between the women and men who might work as their pimps can, obviously, be coercive, it’s not clear how throwing both in jail will help the women “escape” sex work if they want to. US jails are not exactly an efficient route to professional advancement. Having your mugshot plastered to Facebook is not the best advertisement for employability. This issue was not sufficiently addressed during the press conference.