Hawaii Cops: Let Us Keep Having Sex With Prostitutes
They want to keep undercover exemption
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2014 4:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Cops in Hawaii are fighting to keep what they describe as an important legal protection: Permission to have sex with prostitutes. A state bill cracking down on prostitution originally scrapped an exemption allowing undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes, but it was controversially restored after police testimony, the AP finds. Police won't say how often the exemption is used, but critics argue that it leaves the system wide open to abuse, noting that there have been many cases nationwide of police officers extorting sex from prostitutes.

The chief of Honolulu's vice squad argued the exemption is necessary because prostitutes and pimps are otherwise "going to know exactly how far the undercover officer can and cannot go." A former FBI agent who trained vice squads around the country for 20 years, however, says he doesn't know of any other state or federal law that allows undercover officers to do what the Hawaii law allows. "Isn't one of the biggest questions here just why, exactly, Hawaii needs a exemption like this for their sex sting operations and none of the other law enforcement agencies in other states need one?" asks Rebecca Rose at Jezebel. "They seem to be able to bust prostitutes and pimps in other states just fine without allowing their officers to engage in sexual acts."

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Justus Iselusive
Mar 24, 2014 1:52 PM CDT
So, by this logic, police should also be able to use drugs, and sell drugs, to aid in their undercover status.
Mar 24, 2014 2:23 AM CDT
Let's all remember what is and isn't a crime. Forcing someone to prostitute themselves is a crime. Making your own choice to take money for sex to make a living is a ridiculous notion of a crime. So remember police, bust the pimps and set unwilling prostitutes free.
Mar 23, 2014 9:01 AM CDT
So apparently in Hawaii it against the law to be a prostitute but not a john That's what they're saying. Because a cop that engages in sex with a hooker has to pay up front making him a john. Why is it illegal to sell your @$$ but not illegal for someone to buy it.