Honolulu police want state lawmakers to keep an exemption that allows undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes as part of their investigations. In other news, Hawaii's state law contains an exemption that allows undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes as part of their investigations.
Officers in favor of the rule argue they need it to do their jobs, although they won't say how often—or even if—it's been used. Opponents say it could only contribute to victimization of sex workers.
A state bill tightening restrictions on prostitution originally contained language that removed the police exemption, but the rule was restored after police testified in its defense.
The revised bill has passed the House, and goes before a Senate committee today.
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