A new government-sponsored report on America’s sex industry has revealed how pimps and escorts avoid detection by cops these days.
The report by the Urban Institute analyzes information on the trade in eight cities: Miami, Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta, and Kansas City, Mo.
Owners of escort services (essentially high-end prostitution services) structure their business carefully, keeping meticulous books and investing in shell companies or real estate, according to the report.
“We filed taxes and opened a business account … It was an escort service that allowed for massage and strip tease, but it was the acts of prostitution that made it illegal. We had them sign contracts [that included prohibitions against prostitution], but we turned our heads,” one person affiliated with an escort service explained in the report.
Unlike any other street prostitutes, escort services actually use credit cards and often keep most of their money on the books, essentially hiding from law enforcement in plain sight. They also use sophisticated tactics to avoid police.
“In order to evade law enforcement detection, they run counter surveillance,” the report said.
According to one law enforcement officer quoted in that report, there is a website called “Rate a Cop” for escort services to keep tabs on police who might be trying to root out their operations.
UPDATE: Following complaints about police officer safety based on concerns that the policeman (policeperson?) rating site ratemycop.com (that’s Rate My Cop .com, get it?) posed a danger to law enforcement personnel because it outed the full roster, including names and badge numbers, of police officers at nearly 500 police departments around the country (to the tune of some 140,000 police officers), RateMyCop’s host – GoDaddy – unceremoniously and without warning pulled the plug on the site.
Johns are also using another site called CopsRCorrupt.com to learn where current stings are happening and how to detect and avoid sting operations.
Prostitutes are also trained to suss out possible sting operations by proactively attempting to identify law enforcement prior to committing incriminating transactions.
According to Business Insider the strategies include:
- Watching customer’s body language, movement, and appearance for suspicious or nervous behavior
- Describing all actions taken by customers aloud so that, should a police officer do something inappropriate during a sting operation, it is recorded and usable in court.
- Actively catching and recording police during a sting doing something they aren’t supposed to do
- Watching clients vehicles, according to CopsRCorrupt.com most clients using escort services, drive high end vehicles likes Lexus, BMWs while narcs drive mostly Fords