In the Commonwealth of Virginia, nestled in political ballyhoo and apparently a fair amount of skanks is Prince George County. Evidently, some of the upper crust in the metropolitan suburb have noticed said trollops gallivanting about during the midnight hour.
The proud men and women of the Prince George Police Department (PGPD) have decided to take on the world’s oldest profession (around some of the world’s oldest men avail oneself of said profession). Like they do in other cities, the police department is putting on some clandestine sting operation.
Oh yeah, and unlike other cities, they are live tweeting the festivities.
We won’t tell you when or where, other than it’s somewhere in the county sometime next week. The PGPD’s Vice Unit will conduct a prostitution sting that targets those soliciting prostitutes and we’ll tweet it out as it happens. From the ads to the arrests, we’ll show you how the PGPD is battling the oldest profession. Suspect photos and information will be tweeted. We’re using this progressive, and what we believe unprecedented, social media tactic to warn any potential participants that this type of criminal behavior is not welcome in Prince George’s County.
And then there’s this:
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) May 1, 2014
In response to this, comes the unfortunately named and highly ironic response from HIPS: a D.C. organization that “promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange” through several programs including mobile outreach — says this campaign is neither of those things.
“We’re disappointed to hear that they continue to perpetuate the same shame and victim blaming tactics that have proven, at best ineffective in addressing the issue of prostitution,” [HIPS Executive Director Cyndee] Clay said. “Shame and arrest often only perpetuate’s people entrapment in prostitution or sex work, as research has shown, by creating a revolving door of incarceration, and there is little to no evidence that they end demand.”
The problem with that PR statement is that people are too busy laughing at the advocacy group’s name to pay attention. Go get ’em, PGPD. Bring some Purell.