Sex Buyers: Why Cops Across the U.S. Target Men Who Buy Prostitutes

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NEW HAVEN — A former New Haven police officer is seeking to get his position back after he resigned following internal affairs investigations that determined he violated department regulations in sexual interactions with two women, documents show. The internal affairs investigations began in November and Julyrespectively, after Beatrice Codianni, executive director of the Sex Workers and Allies Network, shared allegations from two women that an officer, later identified as Gamarra, had solicited sexual acts from them, the IA report documents say. Gamarra could not be reached for comment. The complainant in the case investigated by Detective Kealyn Nivakoff reported the officer, also later identified as Gamarra, began repeatedly stopping her after responding to a dispute between her and a male friend. According to the report, the officer drove to another areawhere they had intercourse. The woman reported she cried during the interaction, but did not tell him that she did not want to have sex, or tell him to stop.

Although in a cigarette-scented hotel room adjacent a Chicago airport, more than a dozen men come and go along with wet cheeks and quivering lips. Denial one had died, no national calamity had occurred— they had just been caught trying to buy sex. Athwart the country, cops are implementing a strategy that has long been debated in Europe: targeting the men who buy sex while trying to advantage the women who sell it. A few police and scholars say that focusing law enforcement attention on sex buyers reduces demand for prostitution, which strangles the sex industry and curbs being trafficking. But some human rights organizations, most recently Amnesty International, advocate designed for the decriminalization of all aspects of sex work, including buying sex. Although Amnesty International members were considering whether to recommend decriminalizing sex work all in all, I was with a TIME capture team on two buyer-focused sex stings in Cook County, Ill.

Nicole remembers feeling grateful that Officer Morgan McGrew agreed to meet her accordingly early in the morning. The a. Then the conversation abruptly shifted. Nicole, who spoke on condition that her full name not be published en route for respect her privacy, was one of 21 women McGrew propositioned and besiege during VIN verification appointments, according en route for records from a internal investigation obtained by KQED and the California Coverage Project. Four women said McGrew offered to pass their vehicles if they would go on a date before to a nearby motel with him.