Across the country, cops are implementing a strategy that has long been debated in Europe: targeting the men who buy sex while trying to help the women who sell it.
Some police and scholars say that focusing law enforcement attention on sex buyers reduces demand for prostitution, which strangles the sex industry and curbs human trafficking.
Another expressed incredulity at his arrest, arguing that cops should be going after rapists and child molesters instead.
[time-interactive id=include-css params="css_url= Story by Charlotte Alter Videos by Diane Tsai Cook County / Ill.*Some names have been changed to protect the safety of… Story by Charlotte Alter Videos by Diane Tsai Cook County / Ill.We thought it would be like an adrenaline-pumping episode of Law & Order SVU, but we were wrong.Sex stings aren’t glamorous—they’re grim windows into the loneliness and desperation that motivates some men to grasp at the sexual cornucopia they think they are owed.
Some sit motionless with their hands over their eyes.
One, a man so wide cops needed two pairs of handcuffs to arrest him, sat on the bedspread shaking his head slowly.