Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: Arrests Turn Up No Trafficking Victims

Sara Lin/Civil Beat

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

Honolulu is one of 39 cities around the country that has a federally funded task force to investigate human trafficking. But a Civil Beat analysis of every prostitution arrest made in the last year reveals not one sex trafficking victim.

In other words, either Honolulu doesn't have a sex trafficking problem — or local law enforcement isn't doing enough to investigate it.

A Civil Beat probe into how the Honolulu Police Department enforces prostitution laws shows the department made 214 arrests in a 12-month period. That included 118 women and 96 men.

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