Police Prostitution and Politics.com- Data links, spreadsheets and pdfs of the FBI's Bureau of Statistics-
as they relate to arrests of persons for prostitution and disorderly conduct. Arrests for other crimes are included for the purpose of comparison.
The documents for each year contain the original information for many types of crimes which we did not remove. However, on many of the documents we highlighted the statistics pertaining to prostitution and disorderly conduct as well as the arrests for rape. We expect to finsih highlighting the remainder of the documents soon.
FYI: "Disorderly Conduct" is a criminal charge that the police will frequently use in place of an arrest for prostitution/ solicitation
if there is insufficient evidence for the greater charge of prostitution. [from the definition of offenses "Any behavior that tends to disturb
the public peace or decorum, scandalize the community, or shock the public sense of morality."] Not all cases of disorderly conduct
relate to prostitution, but we have no way to distinguish between the other uses of this law, so please take that into account when
viewing the number of arrests for this 'crime' - numbers that are significantly greater than prostitution arrests alone.
Also, many states define the term "rape" as non consensual vaginal penetration, rather than any coercive sexual activity,
such as forced oral copulation or anal penetration, or other unwanted sexual acts. In those states which define rape solely as coercive
vaginal penetration, all other forced sexual acts are defined as 'sexual assault.' Unfortunately these acts are considered less 'heinous'
and are given less weight in reporting such acts and when an alleged rapist goes to court. One such example is that of
NYPD officer Michael Pena- whose shocking sexual assault on a 25 year old school teacher resulted in a 'not guilty' of the
more serious charge of rape because there was no vaginal penetration. "A New York police officer who brutally sodomized
and inflicted oral sex upon a schoolteacher at gunpoint has not been convicted of rape, despite DNA evidence and
witness testimonies about the violent attack.New York’s state law excludes nonconsensual oral and anal sex from the
definition of “rape”, calling them “sexual assault” instead, the New York Daily News reports."
Because some states do not classify horrific and violent sexual assaults as 'rapes', we include the
reported sexual assaults in the total numbers when comparing the number of arrests for rape to
adult prostitution arrests- as the FBI website does not have a separate list of arrests for sexual assault.
The evidence suggests that it is more important to law enforcement agencies to arrest consenting adults for
commercial sex than it is to clear the open cases of reported violent rape and sexual assault.
All of the material on these pages was compiled from the US Government sources which explicitly state that they are 'estimates' of arrests.
The government frequently revises and updates these estimates based on later information they receive from law enforcement agencies.
We provide the source documents and the links to the government websites where we found them because, unlike the prostitution abolitionists
who spout statistics without providing any source material, we do not expect you to take our word for it.
If you visit the FBI website and find a revised document with more current statistics, please contact us so we can update our files.
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