More than 900 johns arrested in prostitution raids since 2011

A group of transvestites and sex workers are seen during a a protest for abuse against sex workers on Tlalpan Avenue in Mexico City on January 25, 2010.  The protest was organized by 'Brigada Callejera', Street Brigade NGO.        AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
In the state of New York, johns can face a punishment of up to one year in prison. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

More than 900 individuals have been arrested for patronizing prostitutes since the launch of NYPD’s Losing Proposition initiative in 2011, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said on Thursday.

“The department is focusing on the demand side of the equation,” Kelly said. “The exploitation of women is not a victimless crime.”

The most recent chapter of the initiative, which was conducted over the course of three days last week, resulted in the arrests of 156 johns across 28 precincts.

According to New York state law, customers who pay adult prostitutes for sex face up to one year in prison, while pimps face up to 25 years.

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  1. How society criminalizes prostitution is wrong. It places women in a vulnerable position with no rights and exposed to danger.
    Rather than finding ways to outlaw prostitution why not legalize and regulate it? This is a profession, one that has been around for thousands of years. Many think that sex workers are forced into the life (and some are) but many enter voluntarily. However they enter it they are entitled to the same rights and protections as all of us. Unfortunately they can’t call police when they are robbed or beaten and too many are. To get a better picture of the varied ways women become sex workers there is a documentary made about escorts by an escort. “American Courtesans” has been in several film festivals including the ECU and Women’s International and will be distributed soon. There is more information on IMDB and at http://www.americancourtesans.com