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Hawaii police stripped of legal right to have sex with prostitutes

Published time: April 18, 2014 18:45
Edited time: April 19, 2014 15:24
AFP Photo / Remy Gabalda

AFP Photo / Remy Gabalda

Hawaii legislators in both chambers agreed that police should no longer have legal permission to have sex with prostitutes in the course of their duties.

Hawaii was the only US state that permitted officers to engage in such activity with sex workers during investigations.

House and Senate members are still thrashing out the details of House Bill 1926, which they will subsequently send to the governor. But they agree that the crime bill should revoke an unusual exemption that permits police in Hawaii to have sex with prostitutes in the course of their duties.

Originally, the bill cracking down on prostitution would have deleted the exemption, but last month, after lobbying efforts by Hawaii police officers, the exemption was made.

Honolulu police said vice officers needed the legal protection for their undercover work to prevent pimps and prostitutes from knowing the limits of police methods. They also added that the provision is needed to protect the integrity of investigations.

The bill was amended as it passed out of the chamber's Judicial Committee. Rep. Karl Rhoads, the Democratic chairman of the Judicial Committee, clarified that he corrected the bill to allow the exclusion because of the police testimony. However, experts and sex worker advocates say that this permission is no help and, in fact, even makes things worse.

"It doesn't help your case, and at worst you further traumatize someone. And do you think he or she is going to trust a cop again?" Derek Marsh, an expert on human trafficking who trains police officers how to handle extraordinary cases, earlier told AP.
Rhoads said now he wants to remove the prostitution exemption for police, and limit police from engaging in sex or sadomasochistic acts with prostitutes.
The House and Senate members are settling on a final version, but once they vote on it, Gov. Neil Abercrombie must sign it into official law.

Comments (12)


Michelle Drejzenai 28.06.2014 23:42

This is bullcrap the government trying to find every way possible to try to get sum money n ruin sumone life why worry bout what a female doing us humans own are self not government owned but we have sex with these dudes for free n dont get nuttin half the time so f it why not get sum money its retarded they are ridiculous


Richard Mccarty 22.04.2014 15:23

No need to buy it. So many are giveing it away for FREE


Eyingthelies 22.04.2014 11:16

Make pimping a crime NOT the prostitution when done so freely by the woman. Nail sex traffickers, not peaceful women who want to make a buck!

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