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Prostitution Arrests Drop Dramatically As NYPD Send ‘Targeted’ Messages To ‘Clients’

Prostitution Arrests Drop Dramatically As NYPD Send ‘Targeted’ Messages To ‘Clients’.

NEW YORK – Prostitution arrests aren’t what they used to be.

During the first year of the pandemic, in 2020, 61.5% of people detained in prostitution cases were “johns” or sex buyers. Only 24% were sex workers.

It is a continuation of a change in strategy initiated by the NYPD in 2017, when greater efforts were made to prosecute promoters of prostitution, many of them human traffickers, along with paying clients.

But overall, arrests for prostitution have “fallen precipitously” since 2014, according to statistics provided to PIX11 News by the NYPD Public Information Office.

In 2020, only 96 sex workers were arrested compared to 1,790 in 2014.

246 sponsors of prostitution were arrested last year.

The NYPD’s Vice Squad uses undercover officers to post false ads on sex-advertising websites. When a potential customer responds to the ad, the police send a “Targeted Communication Deterrence Message.”

Since 2018, “the NYPD has sent just under 19,000 such messages,” the department noted.

The NYPD told PIX11 News that it is on a mission to combat human trafficking, working to secure emergency beds when rescuing a sex worker who is forced to perform sexual acts against her will.

The department says members of the Vice Enforcement Unit have rescued 150 people since 2017 from trafficking situations, working with advocacy groups and other agencies to get help.

The Office of Public Information said some vice investigators are so moved by the people they rescue that they often bring them clothes, shoes and toiletries.

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