Alaska cops defend their ‘right’ to sexual contact with sex workers before arresting them

Alaska cops defend their ‘right’ to sexual contact with sex workers before arresting them

[Ed. – Wait a minute. Are we to believe that in most states it has historically been lawful for cops to get a little nookie before bringing suspects in from a sex bust? Is this one of the fringe benefits of joining the force?]

There’s a heated debate going on right now in Alaska between the police department and sex workers’ rights advocates over a bill that would make it illegal for police officers to have sexual contact with sex workers before arresting them. If Alaska passes this bill, they’ll become the first state to outlaw any sexual contact between police and the people they’re investigating. Only two months ago, Michigan became the last state in the U.S. to make it illegal for police officers to sexually penetrate sex workers in the course of an investigation.

Advocates of Alaska’s House Bill 73 and Senate Bill 112 say that police catching sex workers in the act by engaging with them sexually is a human rights violation, and Amnesty International has made an official statement supporting that claim: “Such conduct is an abuse of authority and in some instances amounts to rape and/or entrapment.”

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