July 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
No gays ensnared in D.C. prostitution crackdown
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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.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

2 Comments
  • Prostitution should be legal and regulated. It will go on regardless, might as well make it safer for everyone involved. And taxable, for that matter. The District loves its fees.

  • So this is another MPD sham/ PR operation designed to make the police chief and her MPD bosses appear to be doing something about crime.

    It’s police hypocrisy of course. And given MPD coverups of rapes, hate crimes and other violent crime on Lanier’s watch, it’s just another reason why we should have a new chief and management team at MPD.

    In the meantime, maybe Mayor Bowser can direct Lanier to answer these questions for the public…
    For these violent crimes that have been reported in 2015, so far…
    – How many homicides have been closed with an arrest?
    – How many aggravated assaults have been closed with an arrest?
    – How many armed robberies have been closed with an arrest?
    – How many sexual assaults have been closed with an arrest?
    – How many hate crimes have been closed with an arrest?

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    “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. –Blade

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