Crime

John stings: How might the 29 people arrested this week be punished?

John stings, or undercover operations where a cop -- usually a female cop -- poses as a prostitute to catch men willing to pay for sex, are more rare than stings in which the roles are reversed. This week, the Denver police announced the arrests of 29 people as the result of two john stings. A recent study on prostitution enforcement in Denver sheds light on city cops' attitudes toward johns -- and how offenders are usually punished.
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