But in a cigarette-scented hotel room near a Chicago airport, more than a dozen men come and go with wet cheeks and quivering lips.
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No one had died, no national tragedy had occurred— they had just been caught trying to buy sex. Across the country, cops are implementing a strategy that has long been debated in Dating Some police and scholars say that focusing law enforcement attention nude bantu women sex buyers reduces demand for prostitution, which strangles the sex industry and curbs human trafficking.
But some human rights organizations, most recently Amnesty International, advocate for the decriminalization prostitute all scams of sex work, including buying sex. While Amnesty International members were considering whether to recommend decriminalizing sex work altogether, I was with a TIME video team on two buyer-focused sex stings in Cook County, Ill.
Watching guys get caught is like watching that fantasy get destroyed over and over.
The men are all different races and ages, from all walks of life— the only thing they have in common is shock. Some sit motionless with their hands over their eyes. One, a man so wide cops needed two pairs of handcuffs to arrest him, sat on the bedspread shaking his head slowly.
Another expressed incredulity at his arrest, arguing that cops should be going after rapists and child molesters instead.