The City of Seattle is shifting its strategy on cracking down on prostitution within its city limits. The Seattle City Attorney’s Office intends to increase the number of men prosecuted for soliciting prostitution and give prostitutes the opportunity to receive social services designed to help get them out of the prostitution business. Currently, the ratio of criminal complaint filings between johns and prostitutes is approximately 40% – 60%, respectively.
City Attorney Pete Holmes’ belief is that prostitutes are victims, not criminals, and thus may be better served by having their cases dealt with in Seattle’s Community Court where they can benefit from certain social services. Seattle’s Community Court allows non-violent offenders to avoid criminal sentencing if they agree to participate in programs aimed at addressing the root causes of their crime(s), including, but not necessarily limited to, chemical dependency, education, unemployment and homelessness.
In the city’s new prostitution crackdown scheme, men prosecuted for soliciting a prostitute (unlike their female prostitute counterpart) will not have the option of Seattle’s Community Court. Currently there are alternatives to conviction for first time offenders who solicit prostitutes; under certain circumstances, johns may qualify for a pre-trial diversion program instead of an outright conviction.
Under the Seattle City Attorney’s aggressive strategy, the city intends to prosecute johns even if there is scant evidence, and even though there is a high risk that the government won’t win its case at trial, so long as the city has minimal probable cause to move forward on the case.
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