|NYPD Cops Cash In on Sex Trade Arrests With Little Evidence
In one of the New York Police Department’s biggest sting operations since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, NYPD officers aimed to convince people to agree to exchange sex for money.
It was a strategy touted to combat human trafficking, but it led to cops descending on minority neighborhoods, incentivized to round up as many “bodies” as they could with sparse evidence.
ProPublica reports an overwhelming majority of the people arrested for these crimes over the past four years are nonwhite: “89% of the 1,800 charged with prostitution; 93% of the 3,000 accused of trying to buy sex.”
ProPublica’s investigation details numerous instances of corruption and exploitation from officers on the streets.