End Police Exemption from Sex Trafficking Laws


Target: Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie

Goal: End exemption from prostitution and sex trafficking laws for police officers

In a recent bill proposal, Hawaiian legislators attempted to crack down on prostitution in the state, and initially decided to remove the exemption granted to Hawaiian police officers allowing them to have sex with or rape prostitutes while undercover. However, officers from Honolulu pushed back against the change, and now legislators are in limbo deciding whether or not officers should have the right to rape or have sex with prostitutes while attempting to infiltrate sex trafficking operation.

Many if not most of the prostitutes involved in these sex trafficking rings are routinely raped and tortured, and Hawaiian officers are essentially bargaining to further victimize and traumatize these women. They argue that if sex traffickers knew that police could not have sex with prostitutes, it would be an easy way to root out undercover officers to demand they have sex with a prostitute. However, police training should allow officers to maneuver out of difficult situations, and more importantly, these police officers are equating women forced into prostitution with drugs or weapons or some other object that can be used with no further consequence to the object.

An officer raping a prostitute is not the same thing as an officer snorting cocaine with a gun to his head. That prostitute will never trust an officer again if it’s revealed exactly what’s happened to her, and these officers are willing to risk further traumatizing victims or even raping under-aged girls and children. It very easy to make excuses for not participating in sexual scenarios, and these officers should have the respect for the women caught in sex trafficking not to violate them. Honolulu officers do not reveal whether they’re willing to commit acts of pedophilia in order to arrest child traffickers, but it falls in the category of sex trafficking.

This exemption is incredibly horrific and reckless and it needs to end. Please sign this petition to demand that the exemption for Hawaiian police officers from sex trafficking and prostitution laws be permanently removed from the law.


Dear Governor Neil Abercrombie,

While I understand that it is sometimes important for undercover police officers to engage in illegal activity in order to complete a given mission, it is entirely unacceptable that police officers in Hawaii are currently allowed to rape and further traumatize prostitutes in order to root out sex traffickers. We cannot treat these women like objects to be used, like drugs or illegal weapons. There are tangible consequences to officers behaving so deplorably in their service to the state.

Are officers also committing acts of pedophilia in order to infiltrate child trafficking rings? Is there no end to the exemption police officers are granted from the laws of your state?

Please immediately move to end this disgusting exemption, permanently.


[Your Name Here]

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