Selling Sex In Honolulu: Tracking Arrests
Editor's Note: This story is part of our ongoing coverage of the Honolulu Police Department's enforcement of prostitution laws. Read our related coverage:
- In Nine Months, Police Dept. Arrests Just One Pimp
- Police Use Massage License Law Against Prostitutes
When Civil Beat started examining how the Honolulu Police Department handles prostitution, we failed to take into account one of the three main charges used in arrests.
We included promoting prostitution and prostitution, but not street solicitation, a charge used in Waikiki and downtown.
After we published initial reports in our Selling Sex in Honolulu series, police said that our figures derived from daily examination of the daily arrest log didn't match their numbers.
The department has declined repeated interview requests and will only respond to questions regarding prostitution in writing. The solicitation charge never came up in our correspondence until after our initial reports.