Police Plan to Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting, Embarrass Johns

By: Josh Wolford - May 2, 2014

In what they call an “unprecedented social media tactic,” the Prince George County Police Department is going to live-tweet a bunch of prostitution sting arrests next week.

“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,” said the PGPD in a release.

If you follow the PGPD’s official Twitter account, you can expect to see photos of johns as well.

But there will be no tweets about the prostitutes themselves during this social media operation. According to Gawker, there was a bit of confusion when the PGPD first posted their intentions. Apparently, they used an image of a woman in handcuffs in their post (it has since been removed).

PGPD cleared everything up in another post, saying that it was never their intention to shame young girls and women, as oftentimes they are victims of human trafficking.

“Our Vice Unit will target those who choose to solicit a prostitute, not prostitutes themselves. 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. 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,” says the PGPD.

Police departments all over the country have turned to social media to help with their law enforcement efforts, whether it’s monitoring Facebook and Twitter for information that can help them solve crimes, or maintaing robust community pages that engage people and enlist their help in finding suspected criminals.

But live-tweeting a prostitution sting? That’s new.

If you’re in Prince George County Maryland next week and looking for love in one of the wrong places, you might want to think twice, as the PGPD plans to broadcast your likely embarrassed face to their 11,000 followers. And to the police that are planning this “unprecedented social media tactic,” might you want to consider what this public shame can do to people’s families? Just a thought.

Image via PGPD News, Twitter

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  • Robert Harris

    So i guess the whole innocent until proven guilty thing no longer exists. The tweeting of a John’s picture as a form of punitive shaming sure seems like we are punishing these men without due process.

    • Robert in Vancouver

      I agree with Robert. And I would add that maybe it’s time to legalize and regulate prostitution to:

      – make it safe for freely consenting and informed adults
      – keep it away from general public areas
      – keep out drugs and criminals
      – generate tax revenue for gov’t

      Nevada has a well proven system which can be modified to suit each city.

  • Bob

    Now that more states are legalizing pot they need to find a new cash cow. Look out Guys. Its OK to go to a casino and lose your families fortune but dont buy a prostitute. lol