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Hawaii Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With Prostitutes

Submitted by on April 18, 2014 – 12:04 pmNo Comment

Both houses of the Hawaii state legislature have agreed to change a controversial legal exemption that allowed police officers to have sex with prostitutes in the line of duty.

House Bill 1926 is aimed at fighting prostitution in the state. Hawaii police lobbied strongly for the exemption for sex and sadomasochistic acts, saying it was necessary to ensure that prostitutes and pimps could not identify undercover cops by the limitations of the operating procedure. But the exemption caused an uproar in the media, and police withdrew their lobbying efforts.

The House and Senate must agree on a single version of the bill, but that seems like a forgone step at this point. It will then be sent to Gov. Neil Abercombie, who is expected to sign it in to law.

[via The Guardian]

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