Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced today the completion of the NYPD’s 101st “Losing Proposition” operation, in which potential customers for prostitution were arrested after soliciting undercover officers.
The most recent operation was conducted June 8 in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx, where six johns were arrested. It was the nineteenth operation so far in the Bronx, at 23 separate locations resulting in more than 100 arrests. There have also been 19 operations in Manhattan, 18 in Brooklyn, 42 in Queens and three in Staten Island, with a total of 589 johns arrested so far this year, a new record. Hundreds of vehicles belonging to johns also have been seized in the operations.
“The Department is focusing on the demand side of the equation,” Commissioner Kelly said, adding, “Women, many of them minors, are often dragooned into prostitution from impoverished circumstances overseas and domestically, with empty promises of legitimate employment. They are often threatened, brutalized, and too frightened to report abuses to police. We hope to change that.”
In conjunction with the expansion of “Losing Proposition” enforcement, Commissioner Kelly directed the creation of a Human Trafficking Squad in the Vice Division of the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau to identify and arrest individuals engaged in the wholesale trafficking of human beings for the purpose of prostitution.
In 2011, the NYPD investigated 98 human trafficking cases that resulted in 82 arrests. In a case last year in Manhattan, a father and son team of sex traffickers shuttled women from Allentown, Pennsylvania to johns waiting in midtown Manhattan. In the Bronx, a sex trafficker was sentenced last month after his teenaged victim escaped and ran to police. She was living as a sex slave in a Bronx apartment, and now she is a high school student.