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NCJ Number: NCJ 216620     Find in a Library
Title: Street Prostitution, 2nd Edition
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Michael S. Scott ; Kelly Dedel
Date Published: 11/2006
Page Count: 90
  Annotation: This guide, part of the Problem-Specific Guides Series, focuses on police responses to the problem of street prostitution.
Abstract: Designed for police officers of any rank and assignment, the Problem-Specific Guides summarize knowledge about how police can analyze and reduce particular crime problems in local communities. This guide begins with a description of the problem of street prostitution, focusing on female prostitutes and male customers, and the factors that allow street prostitution to flourish, such as street drug markets and cheap motels. The harms caused by street prostitution are enumerated and include moral and nuisance concerns, public health concerns, economic concerns, civil rights concerns, and personal safety concerns. The guide next presents guidance for analyzing the local street prostitution problem, presenting a series of questions designed to elicit an in-depth examination of local factors impacting street prostitution. Questions focus on the forms that street prostitution takes in the area, customer demographics, the local setting in which they operate, the local dynamics between pimps and prostitutes, drug links, and current responses to the problem. Advice is offered on how to measure local law enforcement effectiveness at controlling and reducing street prostitution using such measures as citizen calls to police, reduced visibility of street prostitution, reduced traffic congestion in prostitution areas, and reduced prostitute and customer recidivism. The next section presents a series of response strategies for street prostitution that can provide a foundation of ideas for addressing local street prostitution problems. Strategies include ideas for deterring prostitutions and customers, targeting prostitutes, targeting customers, and changing the environment. Responses that have shown limited effectiveness at reducing street prostitution are also described and include conducting street sweeps, harassing and intimidating prostitutes, suspending public aid to prostitutes, establishing formal red-light districts, and decriminalizing prostitution. Appendixes, endnotes, references, recommended readings
Main Term(s): Prostitution ; Problem-Oriented Policing
Index Term(s): Police planning ; Crime prevention planning ; Community policing
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999CK-EX-K004;2005-CK-WX-K001
Publication Number: ISBN: 1-932582-72-X
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series Guide No. 2; downloaded December 18, 2007.
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