Worcester Police: #YesAllWomen

It’s been a couple of years since we looked at gender inequality in prostitution arrests in the City of Worcester.

As I said a couple of years ago, it’s difficult to track prostitution-related arrests.  So allow me to focus on the press releases issued by WPD for 2013-2014:

January 20, 2013: 5 men, 9 women

May 17, 2013: 5 men, 10 women

June 5, 2013: 2 men, 3 women

March 20, 2014: 0 men, 5 women

May 21, 2014: 2 men, 6 women

So — from the press releases for the past year and a half, 70% of the prostitution sting arrests have been women.

If you’re looking at 2014, it’s a whopping 84%.

I’m not sure if the Vice Squad was anticipating the #YesAllWomen hashtag, or somehow took it the wrong way.

Not to sound hysterical, but would it be too much to ask for a bit of gender parity in Main South prositution stings?  (Especially considering the effort we took to try to impound johns’ cars just a few short years ago…)

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2 thoughts on “Worcester Police: #YesAllWomen

  1. From May 31 Boston Globe: Targeting johns, not prostitutes, http://goo.gl/e2DmqL

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks — I hadn’t seen that!

      I do have some quibbles with that op-ed. In Worcester at least, there are very few johns who are arrested for a second time, and I don’t know that a sex offender registry is a place for johns. (I have issues with sex offender registries and their effectiveness, but that’s another story…)

      I also don’t think prostitution will “go the way of the dodo bird” if johns are targeted. But that, too, is another story…

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