Do Not Allow Cops to Have Sexual Contact with Sex Workers Before Arresting Them

Target: Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator, Alaska

Goal: Outlaw any sexual contact between police officers and the people they are investigating, including sex workers.

Police officers in Alaska are defending their “right” to sexual contact with sex workers before arresting them. This “right” to catch sex workers in the act by personally engaging with them sexually is a violation of human rights, and is extremely traumatic for sex workers — often women — many of whom can come away from the experience with symptoms of PTSD. In an official statement in support of the bill that would prevent this, Amnesty International said, “Such conduct is an abuse of authority and in some instances amounts to rape and/or entrapment.”

Cops argue that they won’t be able to conduct undercover operations successfully if they are forbidden from having any kind of sexual contact with a suspect, because sex workers will be able to immediately identify them as police. When the bill was first proposed, though, the police department said it was insulting because internal regulations already prevent an officer from engaging in sexual relations with someone they are investigating, and no officer would do that. However, despite assurances that an officer who did behave this way would be fired, decertified, and criminally charged, there is evidence of several such instances where the cops faced absolutely no disciplinary action. It was only when the bill began to gain some momentum that the department opposed it on the grounds that it would obstruct investigations, indicating that the police only initially supported the bill because they thought it would not pass. Sign below to defend human rights and demand that police be prohibited from having sexual contact with those they are investigating.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Murkowski,

It is a violation of human rights to allow police officers to engage sexually with those they are investigating. Catching sex workers in the act by having sexual contact with them immediately before arresting them is an abuse of police authority.

The bill that would forbid this behavior — Alaska’s Senate Bill 112 (House Bill 73)–was initially supported by Alaska police, who stated that such actions were already prohibited by internal regulations. The department’s current opposition to the bill, along with incidents of sexual contact with people being investigated in which officers went unpunished, indicates that the bill is in fact necessary in order to protect human rights. I urge you to outlaw sexual contact between police officers and any person they are investigating.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Aaron Hockley

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3 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no rape please!

  2. Marjorie Coey says:

    Since when does two wrongs make a right?

    What a disgusting force! Get rid of them and anyone that supports them.’

  3. If these cops could realize how disgusting they sound by defending their right to have sex with people they are investigating, I think they would all resign and go live as hermits.

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