Riding With the Vice Squad As "Operation Triangle" Nets John With Infant Child In Car
|Photos by Andrea Grimes|
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"Were there two people in the car?" another reporter asked the vice detective driving us around. "Yeah, maybe. I don't know."
A call came over the radio a couple minutes later that answered our question in the worst possible way. "Baby's mother says she'll be here in a while to come pick him up."
So yeah, there were two people in the car. One of them was less than a year old.
Bad timing for Baby Daddy John Doe. He was what our vice detective escort called a "loser." Not only is he the kind of schmuck who solicits sex, but he solicited from a cop. On media day.
|A john on the verge ... of tears.|
So far, Janse says the DPD has arrested 178 individuals on prostitution charges -- that could be johns or hookers -- since June 9. Last year, for the entire summer, they arrested 193. Many come from sting operations like the one the media was invited to sit in on today. It's pretty simple: A couple of female officers get dolled up in their hooker best and reel in guys looking for a good time while squad cars and a paddy wagon wait nearby. The undercover cop gets the would-be john to talk about doing a sexual act for a price, and the case is made.
It's hard to feel sorry for a john, even when they're tricked by an undercover operation, because they so clearly have sex-fueled tunnel vision. Once they spot the undercover hookers, they slam on the brakes like someone with a crisp green one in his pocket who's just passed a McDonald's with a particularly enticing dollar menu. "Actually, I think I will have a shake," they say to themselves, peeling toward the prize. Little do they know, these shakes are tainted. With the dirty e-coli of a $2,000 fine and/or 180 days in jail.
Janse says cops rarely pick up a john who's already got a prostitution charge on his record, which, he thinks, means they're learning their lesson once they get caught. On media day, johns are confronted with a wall of cameras and mouthy reporters shoving to get in there first -- "What do you think about all this? You surprised?" So that's maybe a double deterrent.
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Baby Daddy John Doe turned out to be one 25-year-old Christopher Middleton. A background search reveals prior arrests for burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon and marijuana. Doesn't sound like he was exactly in the running for father of the year. A misdemeanor prostitution charged has now been added to his rap sheet.
Often, says the vice detective I rode with, the excuses johns give is simply that they're not getting enough at home. If the well was dry before, I imagine it goes into a downright drought once these johns' ladies hear about their sexual shopping habits.