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Letters: Who are the victims from sting?

Nassau Count District Attorney Kathleen Rice announces the

Nassau Count District Attorney Kathleen Rice announces the results of "Operation Flush the Johns" in Mineola. (June 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Newsday’s editorial asks, “Is prostitution really where the county’s cops . . . need to concentrate their efforts?”

What could be more important than stopping the heinous sexual abuse of defenseless women and children? Women and children who are trapped in the nightmare of prostitution and human trafficking deserve nothing less. Why allow “johns” to delude themselves, believing that if there’s a fair exchange of goods for services, then paying a willing prostitute can’t possibly be considered sexual abuse?

The self-serving, deluded patriarchal ignorance that has promoted prostitution as a victimless crime for thousands of years can no longer be tolerated. Why should we allow johns to evade criminal prosecution when they’re the ones who create the demand and initiate the crime in the first place?

Newsday’s editorial also asks, “Does . . . arresting and publicly embarrassing those who solicit prostitutes dampen the trade?” Why should we be more concerned with the embarrassment of the criminal instead of the abuse of the victims? Perhaps society would be best served if we were less concerned about the effectiveness behind the john parades and, instead, more concerned about the short life span of the average street hooker or the horrific torment human trafficking creates for women and children.

JoAnna Hunter, Melville

Why is Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice going after the customers and not the sex providers? That is like going after drug users and not the drug dealers. But a better question: How about using the power of the office to go after terror cells? More people are afraid of a bomb going off at a public event than of someone wasting their money at a motel. 

Patrick Grant, Rocky Point

Nassau County residents should be outraged at the arrests of more than 100 “johns” thanks to District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s sting. These men were lured by the police to local motels by phony ads on the Internet. Most of these motels rely on this sort of “trade,” so I’m sure the business owners will be happy that future johns will probably now be using their cars on side streets, instead of a private room away from most neighborhoods.

Legalize prostitution. Tax it as you would cigarettes or alcohol, and have the police focus their time and energy on real criminals.

Newsday is just as much to blame as Rice by putting this on the front page .

Mark Sacripante, Bay Shoren  

I find it offensive that the district attorney of Nassau County has the temerity to publish the list of men who allegedly sought to patronize a prostitute. To publish their names and pictures when they have not been found guilty of anything is a disgrace.

There was a 17-year-old whose picture was published, and he is obviously eligible for youthful offender status and would not be convicted of anything.

Edward Galison, Mineola

Editor’s note: The writer is an attorney.

A recent letter writer insinuates that the johns seeking prostitution are engaged in minor victimless crimes. This is not a traffic offense. These johns are charged with serious crimes that destroy the family unit and have led to untold deaths, robberies, diseases, divorces, psychological problems, loss of jobs, the spread and use of illegal drugs, etc.

Kathleen Rice has taken a courageous step forward with her “wall of shame.” The acts of johns often result in violent crimes. Exposing the alleged perpetrators of any crime is permitted by law for the obvious reason of deterring others. Rice has found a solution to a very serious crime and she should be commended for her aggressive enforcement.

Stanford M Altschul, Oceanside

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired attorney.


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