One of the most ironic things about this scandal is that from the victim's point of view, what happened may have been better than what normally happens to sex workers at the hands of police officers. Getting some insurance against arrest, including tip-offs about police sting operations, in exchange for some sex with a man she'd been flirting with and his buddies (who happened to be cops) was probably less of a traumatic experience for the 17-year-old girl than being arrested and dragged through the criminal "justice" system would have been. But of course the powers that be can't admit this. All they can do is secretly think it wouldn't have been a problem, if only the cops hadn't gotten caught. But they did get caught, and now all kinds of government officials are red-faced.
Some of you have probably read this, but for those who haven't, hear it is:
Love & Liberty,
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"Guap's case shows how social-control agents, including cops, can abuse their power, especially in environments where sex work is highly criminalized and law-enforcement agencies emphasize cracking down on the activity."
– East Bay Express
"It's like one less officer that's gonna arrest me."
– "Guap" on how she started sleeping with members of the OPD at age 17 while working as a prostitute, as reported by the Express
"Some of these cops might not be predatory, but the criminalization of sex work, and the sting operations against sex workers, creates a system that promotes these kinds of inherently exploitative relationships."
– Katherine Koster of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, on how it's difficult to define a sexual relationship between a cop and a sex worker as consensual even if both parties say it is