Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: Honolulu Prostitution Arrests Declining

Sara Lin/Civil Beat

Editor's Note: This article is the third in a series investigating how the Honolulu Police Department enforces Hawaii prostitution laws. Read our related coverage:

Five years ago, vice officers with the Honolulu Police Department arrested prostitutes and johns at a rate of more than one a day. In 2007, police made 477 prostitution arrests.

But that number has declined dramatically in the years since: Police made less than half as many arrests in 2011 as they did five years ago, a Civil Beat investigation found.

The data compiled by Civil Beat provides an overview of how police enforce prostitution laws and whether their efforts combat human trafficking. In 12 months, police made less than 1 percent of prostitution arrests on a weekend and arrested just one pimp, according to Civil Beat's investigation.

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