- The Washington Times - Monday, May 5, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION

Buyers beware.

If all goes as planned, those of you looking to procure sex in one part of Maryland might want to suppress your urges over the next week.

The vice cops in Prince George’s County are on the prowl to bump up their arrest totals related to one of the oldest trades known to (wo)mankind.

But there’s a twist this time.

Police are not looking to merely take down prostitutes who sell sexual favors.

This time, John Law is looking at the demand side of the prostitution equation, the guys and dolls — and live-tweeting the sting.

If it happens it will be a first, and it could be a model for the nation.

The police department announcement went like this: “We won’t tell you when or where, other than it’s somewhere in the county sometime next week. The PGPD’s Vice Unit will conduct a prostitution sting that targets those soliciting prostitutes and we’ll tweet it out as it happens. From the ads to the arrests, we’ll show you how the PGPD is battling the oldest profession. Suspect photos and information will be tweeted.”

There’s a definite balance to be struck.

Police scanners used to make the announcements real time, too. So it only makes sense that social media be deployed in similar fashion.

Things could go somewhat sour.

New York City’s women and men in blue found out the hard way.

On April 22, @NYPD news account tweeted, “Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook.”

The response was overwhelming, with many of the photos picturing “old” suspected police brutality.

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