None of the 68 adult males arrested by D.C. police in an anti-prostitution crackdown that began on July 14 were gay men seeking sex from other men, according to a police spokesperson.
The spokesperson, Gwendolyn Crump, said all of the arrests in the latest sting operation were of men soliciting women for sex for money. But Crump said information was not readily available on whether arrests have been made of men who solicit other men for sex for money in an ongoing police investigation into online escort ads.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that recent police operations have focused on Internet sites on which prostitutes advertise and in which undercover officers place fake ads to lure men to hotel rooms, where they are arrested for soliciting prostitution.
Transgender advocate Earline Budd, who serves as an outreach official with the sex worker advocacy group HIPS, said some transgender women have been ensnared in the recent prostitution sting operations by D.C. police.
“I’m hearing that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been no-papering most of these cases,” Budd said. The term no-papering refers to a decision by prosecutors to drop a charge filed by police.
Some local LGBT rights activists, including gay activist Rick Rosendall, have said anti-prostitution operations involving consenting adults further complicate and worsen conditions for marginalized populations such as transgender women and runaway gay youth who engage in prostitution as a means of survival.