ABC News probe targets sex buyers
By Melody Hood The ABC News investigative program “Nightline” has broadcast an in-depth look at the groundbreaking work of Seattle-area law enforcement in confronting the demand for prostitution.
The program, hosted by journalist Juju Chang, highlights the work of King County Prosecutor Val Richey, who is also coordinator of the local branch of the CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation). CEASE was launched three years ago by Demand Abolition, and operates in a dozen cities nationwide.
The segment, broadcast nationally on Tuesday night, focuses on the sting operation staged earlier this year by Washington State law enforcement to break up the “buyer review boards,” in which sex buyers rate and promote women who are being prostituted. This is the first such operation in which review board members are being charged with a felony for promotion, rather than just soliciting prostitution. Prosecutors argue that these boards are creating and promoting demand.
“Most people in prostitution are exploited and so criminalizing them doesn’t make a lot of sense from a moral perspective, it also just doesn’t work from a criminal justice perspective,” Richey said. “At the same time, we understand … the exploitation that is driven through sex buying, is caused by the buyer. And so the …read more
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