Maryland Cops to Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting
Names, addresses of johns to be published
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2014 1:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Cops in Maryland are planning to use new media as they tackle the world's oldest profession by live-tweeting a prostitution sting. "We won't tell you when or where, other than that it's somewhere in the county next week," reads a blog post from the Prince George's County Police Department, calling the tactic "progressive" and "unprecedented." The operation will target johns, not prostitutes, the department says. Names and pictures of those arrested will be added to the department's Twitter feed during the operation.

But while the department thinks it's being progressive, an Internet privacy expert says it is "barbaric punishment," the Wire finds. "I’m hoping that they will change their mind," she says. "It’s chilling and disgusting and they should really consider the damages to the victims." Critics of the department have already hijacked the event's #PGPDVice hashtag in much the same way that critics of police brutality subverted an NYPD Twitter campaign, reports the New York Daily News.

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TwoSheds
May 3, 2014 3:16 AM CDT
I will live-tweet their speed traps
specialk
May 2, 2014 9:41 PM CDT
Things/events no longer make sense. I'm told by Liberals that I have to approve, if not actively support, homosexual marriage. At the same time, I have to support marijuana usage as well. Why not all drugs - after all, just whose body is it anyway? But prostitution is still viewed as wrong, morality notwithstanding. How come? Women have been trading sex for dinner and a movie since time immemorial, but can't legally swap "it" for cash. How come? Consenting adults should be able to engage in the commerce of their (consenting) choice. If morality is a "pick & choose" tree, then we are going to need to hang a whole lot more branches on the pole of freedom..
Lou Bernardo
May 2, 2014 2:52 PM CDT
Too bad the police have so much time on their hands. They found a dead girl in the woods near by and the police know how she died and who she was with but after a month they are still witholding the cause of death. If it was one of these victimless crimes names and photos and place of enployment would be flashed all over the media for days. We have a weird, strange justice system.