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Posted: Friday, March 21st, 2014 11:50 AM HST

Hawaii law lets police have sex with prostitutes

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Honolulu police officers are urging lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that lets undercover officers have sex with prostitutes during investigations, but they won't say how often or even if they use the provision.

The proposal has passed the state House and will go before a Senate committee Friday.

The idea has shocked advocates and law enforcement experts in the sex trade, who note that many prostitutes have been forced into that line of work.

Honolulu police say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Otherwise, they argue, prostitutes will insist on sex to identify undercover officers.

Retired FBI agent Roger Young says vice officers are trained to make an arrest after agreeing on the price and the sex act.



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