Vice Squad
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Thanks But No Thanks

The Chicago Tribune has a confusing story today about arresting prostitutes, many of them transgendered, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. The Trib seems to want to make us believe that these arrests are almost a favor to the alleged prostitutes, because they are given a card with information about available social services. But if that is the point, why bother with the arrests? Can't you just hand out the cards to passers-by? And what they really need, following the arrests, are legal services. This is almost a classic "I am from the government and I am here to help" story. The article also reports the relief of the police officer when the early morning rains didn't keep away the arrestees.

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