Salt Lake City police complete week-long prostitution operation
Salt Lake City —
(KUTV) Salt Lake City Police Department announced the completion of prostitution stings targeting “Johns” and “pimps” Friday. Officers expect more than 50 arrests from the week-long operation.
According to the press release, a new Justice Reform Initiative makes patronizing a prostitute a class A misdemeanor.
“This means that if you are arrested for solicitation in Salt Lake City, you are going to be taken to jail and your car will be impounded,” the press release states. “You will also face fines up to $2,500, and spend up to one year in jail.”
The release says the Organized Crime unit has conducted undercover operations targeting both street prostitution and "call girls."
Officials say the arrests have "crossed all socio-economic boundaries, and have included married men as well as fathers."
Police say the overall goal of the operation was to deter men from soliciting prostitution.
According to the release, prostitution "...victimizes women and entraps them in a life of drugs and mental health issues. The focus is to target the people who are enabling the crime — the pimps and the customers. Criminalizing those who seek out prostitutes, rather than punishing the women being 'pimped out,' is also a better way to identify and protect victims of human trafficking.”