Seeking the services of a prostitute is increasingly a losing proposition in Dallas, says the Dallas Morning News. Since January, arrests in sting operations featuring female officers posing as prostitutes are up 300 percent citywide. “We’re doing weekly stings in every division of the city,” said Deputy Chief Julian Bernal “There are other consequences to prostitution. You have drugs involved, robberies, other kinds of petty crimes. You have the customers that take home diseases to their significant other. It’s a far-reaching issue.”
Since January, more than half of the 123 complaints that the vice unit has received from the public have involved street prostitution, said Lt. Christina Smith. Last Friday, undercover female officers donning exposed bra straps and short shorts fanned out for a midday decoy operation. “We’ve gotten men before work, at lunch, dinner,” Bernal said. Nine men were arrested. The decoy job is nerve-racking for the uninitiated. “You’re out there without a gun or radio,” said one officer. Backup is never far away, however. Customers and prostitutes both can be charged with prostitution, a misdemeanor. In lieu of jail, customers of prostitutes may take an all-day class that details the risk of disease and other social ills of paying for sex with strangers. Dallas police also post photos of customers and others charged with indecency on the Internet as a deterrent.