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BUYING SEX IN NEW YORK IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR WAY OF LIFE

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Their professions read like a roll call of respectability – several lawyers, a surgeon, a doctor, two dentists, two college professors, a teacher and a financial adviser are among their ranks, all based in affluent suburbia east of New York.

But their police mugshots have been released on a “wall of shame” after more than 100 men were arrested for soliciting sex from undercover officers in Nassau county on Long Island.

Some wives and children only learnt of the ‘Johns’ when the mugshots were made public 

A US defence lawyer has spoken of lives ruined by alleged police entrapment and several wives have consulted divorce lawyers

Name and shame: more than 100 men were arrested for soliciting sex from undercover officers. Photo: Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

But Kathleen Rice, the district attorney for Nassau county, defended the “name and shame” tactic of the prostitution sting, “Operation Flush the Johns”.

She told prosecutors: “Sex workers are often vulnerable victims of traffickers and pimps, yet they often remain the prime targets in prostitution investigations, while the Johns [patrons] who fuel the exploitation are treated as mere witnesses,” she said.

“My office and the police department are turning the tables on the illogical and immoral nature of that equation.”

Thomas Dale, the police commissioner, said that officials launched the sting in April because of an increase in crime in hotels in the area.

The 104 accused, who range in age from 17 to 79, allegedly replied to advertisements for prostitution on a website. They were told to meet at hotels where they were filmed and arrested after offering money for sex to undercover officers.

Defence lawyers have argued that the men were victims of entrapment. Some wives and children only learnt of the “Johns” when the mugshots were made public.

The Telegraph, London

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