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Hooker! (Tweet), Hooker! (Tweet): Prince George's Police Get Flak For Plans To Live Tweet Prostitution Sting

A new way to combat the oldest profession.

The Prince George's Police Department is coming under some heavy criticism for plans to live Tweet an upcoming prostitution sting, but vice officers say customers are the targets not the girls and women involved.

Plans by the department to Tweet the sting operation, using the hashtag #PGPDVice, have been met on social media with support for the prostitutes and against anything that would stigmatize them, including the many who are victims of sex-traffickers.

The department won’t reveal when or where the sting will occur, but encouraged the public to follow @PGPDNews and #PGPDVice as “we take you along for the takedowns.”

"Public shaming and violence against sex workers. Absolutely disgusting," came one Tweeted response.

Several posts in the Twittersphere referenced the public relations disaster that was the New York Police Department's campaign for people to Tweet pictures of friendly officers. Instead, the hashtag was taken over by Tweets of alleged police brutality.

The reaction was intense enough that the police department decided to explain further on its blog that the Twitter feed would focus on johns, not the prostitutes.

"The intent all along has been to put on notice and/or arrest the very people who exploit women and even young girls in our community," the post said in part. "Some young girls and women involved in prostitution are victims of human trafficking. Our Vice Unit regularly helps trafficked women connect with groups and advocates who help them escape the dangerous sex trade.

"We're hoping the advance notice we've provided acts as a deterrent to would-be johns who choose to engage in this illegal behavior."

A woman who identified herself as Katy Otto or @exfkaty on Twitter wrote in response to the campaign: “#PGPCVice I grew up in PG County and I am disgusted that you would live tweet sting operation arresting sex workers @PGPDNews - for shame.”


Mom3SP May 03, 2014 at 08:45 AM
IRRESPONSIBLE REPORTING. The headline is WRONG. It should read, if format to be kept, "JOHN! TWEET. JOHN! TWEET." AOL or Patch may think this is funny but sex trafficking is horror, as is forced or poverty-driven participation, and PGPD should be supported for their work. Hey, editor: what if it were your colleague, sister, or uncle caught on either side of this sting...would it be funny then?!
Luis Mendoza May 03, 2014 at 09:17 AM
sex is the most wonderful/powerful feeling/what people need to do is [stop supporting the ARCHITECTS oF THESE LAW<S =RELIGION .specifically the churches their behind every sex law enacted!!!!!!
Karen DeSha May 03, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Let the PGCPD DO THEIR JOB; or ya'll can always go do it since there seem to those who believe they can do a better job! Human Trafficking is a multimillion dollar business! It is horrific, dangerous, disgusting, and hundreds of young girls, young BOYS, and women are LURED into this torrid money making horror by expert manipulators everyday! Some are never seen again, some are murdered, some can never be 'weaned off' of the mental 'training' and have no way out once they are [groomed] by these cretins. Polite society you may pretend all you want this does not happen in America; what these sadistic predators make a years off of 300 [16 to 17 year old former middle class girls] would pay off Americas deficit!! WAKE UP FOR GOD'S SAKE; living in America is not A BED OF ROSES even though you would like to PRETEND all is well! Justin's momma
Kennis Termini May 03, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Human trafficking is not sex but a crime plain and simple. I support our men/women in blue and applause their efforts on behalf of all victims direct/indirect.
Buddy P May 03, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Where would we be without the amazing invention of Twitter and Facebook?

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