That’s how I interpret what this article is saying when it reports:
… The November raid came after a six-week surveillance of the house on Round Hill Road. The dwelling’s owner, Stephen A. Clark, was arrested Nov. 26 and pleaded no contest to charges of promoting prostitution and conspiracy. He was sentenced to 5 to 23 months in jail….
… Clark’s codefendants – Cara Martin, 32, and Lacy Welsh, 20 – also have been prosecuted in the case.
Welsh pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and conspiracy, and is awaiting sentencing. Martin, who has a history of arrests on prostitution and other charges in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and received an 8-to-23-month jail term.
Sargent paid Martin $170 for 35 minutes of sexual contact between noon and 1 p.m. on Nov. 25, according to the police report. Sargent said he saw an ad on Craigslist, “got curious,” and responded to it, the report said.
Not only was the john (a long time law school dean who is the subject of the article) not charged, but according to the convicted pimp:
“If you watch the taped interview, the police are almost apologetic with this guy,” Clark said of Sargent. “They told him, ‘You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ and they agreed to contact him at his office, not his home.”
Happily for the john, Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said that at least in his part of Pennsylvania, “Customers are not charged or identified in prostitution busts.” But the women selling the sex (who probably had to perform degrading sex acts Sargent was unable to obtain elsewhere per this study and then turn most of the money received in exchange to their pimp) are deemed by law enforcement to deserve jail time and public shaming. It would be nice to see these folks praying for them too. Chances are the referenced women have had pretty difficult, unprivileged lives so far [“According to our estimates, a woman working as a prostitute would expect an annual average of a dozen incidents of violence and 300 instances of unprotected sex,” see also “High rates of drug abuse and the exchange of sex for drugs has been widely documented. In turn, it has been found that this relationship between drug use and sex work plays a critical role in women’s subjection to physical violence and arrest,”] and their unfortunate contacts with Sargent have only brought them additional trouble. Sargent may have been humiliated, but they are going to jail.
Wondering why police like to have the power to arrest women for selling sex? Could it be so that they can extort sex from them? This study reports:
… But perhaps more striking is the rate at which a police officer can extort free sex from a prostitute. Levitt and Venkatesh found that about one in 30 tricks performed by a prostitute is a freebie to the police in return for avoiding arrest. In other words, a prostitute is more likely to have sex with an on-duty police officer than to be arrested by one.
If the police wanted to have coerced sex with the johns, maybe the pertinent laws and/or enforcement practices would change, but apparently the police and district attorney like the system just as it is.