Street Prostitution Dissected In New COPS Guide


It’s easy to bash the U.S. government, but there are feds out there doing some great work, says U.S. News & World Report’s “Bad Guys” blog. U.S. News cites “the series of smart, street-savvy guidebooks” for police by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The series includes 50 guides to combating everything from drunk driving, stalking, and open-air drug dealing to bar assaults, booming car stereos, and graffiti.

Among the latest is a new edition of Street Prostitution. The 90-page guide brings together recent studies and best police techniques on how to deal with this most down-and-out and socially disruptive form of prostitution. COPS says street prostitution accounts for perhaps only 10 to 20 percent of all prostitution, but it has the most visible negative impact on the community. Up to 20 percent of men admit they have paid for sex, but only about 1 percent pay for sex regularly. While this is still a large number of potential clients, it is considerably lower than some earlier estimates based on flawed research methods, the guide says.


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