The headline in the feed from my local news station declares “Reading Police bust 8 women in undercover prostitution sting.” Then there was the picture: 8 women each with clear bruises on her face, all looking totally dejected.
My first thought – where are the pictures of the pimps and the johns (customers) who have inflicted the bruises on these women? Why arrest and publicly shame women who are clearly victims?
The use of the word “bust” in the headline is a vain attempt to make this sound like some sort of major accomplishment by the local police force. But it is easy to arrest women who are selling themselves. It is also rather pointless as the pimps will just find more women, perhaps move to another location, and keep the business rolling. Why not arrest the pimps? I fear the answer is that it is harder.
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