23rd Street

Richmond Police Have a New Take on the Oldest Profession—But Is It Legal?

Increasingly, police are looking at the world’s oldest profession as anything but a profession. Rather, they claim, it’s simple human trafficking, the sexual enthrallment of women and girls by heinous pimps for exploitation by amoral customers. Consequently, prostitutes increasingly are considered victims, and the emphasis is on outreach more than punishment. Pimps and johns, on the other hand, are targets for rigorous prosecution.

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