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Rebecca Christopher, Published February 13 2012

‘Sting’ misses an opportunity

I would like to comment on The Forum’s piece “Prostitution sting at Fargo hotel leads to three arrests,” published Feb. 7.

In order to decrease prostitution and other activities associated with it, the customers purchasing the sex should be prosecuted, not the prostitutes themselves. I can only imagine the low point these women are at to be willing to put themselves in this position to make money. They are the victims, and it is cruel and embarrassing to publish pictures of such desperate women.

On WDAY News the same day, Lt. Pat Claus even says himself that prostitution has been linked to “sexual assault against the actual ‘performers’ if you will,” among other crimes. These women are the victims; they need some form of help, and the “johns” who purchase to have power over them are the criminals. Fargo police should have asked these women to help them catch the real criminals, the men paying for sex.

If police truly want to dissuade other folks from buying or setting up prostitution rings, make the purchaser the criminal and get rid of the market. With this “sting” the Fargo police have completely missed an opportunity to achieve justice.