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THE NEWS: 

On Thursday, the Council’s public safety committee listened to five hours of heated testimony about a bill that would decriminalize sex work in D.C. The bill would keep prostitution involving minors and coerced sex work illegal.

Currently, the Metropolitan Police Department can arrest or charge anyone who buys or sells sex. MPD typically arrests sex workers during sting operations. The department says it focuses on buyers, not workers. 

But a City Paper investigation finds that during the first 10 weeks of 2019, over 30 percent of 185 solicitation charges involved sex workers. Moreover, reports show that police tactics during prostitution stings involve officers exposing their penises, asking women to strip naked in front of them, and going into detail about sexual fantasies.

“The problem goes beyond bad apples abusing their power to rape people while off-duty. To put it mildly, officers sometimes push the boundary between police work and criminal activity while they’re on the job, in the course of making an undercover arrest,” writes Joshua Kaplan

The reports obtained by Kaplan are graphic. Sometimes, officers would begin to engage in sex with workers and arrest them afterward. Local defense attorneys think police cross the line. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • DC Public Schools battle request to release information on where exactly sex misconduct takes place. [WCP]

    • Parents have been pressuring the city for more transparency since the summer. [WCP]

  • Man sues for keeping him in jail past release date. [DCist]

  • Family mourns groundskeeper killed in Potomac Gardens robbery. There have been 138 homicides this year. [Post, MPD]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • LL is away from his desk. He’ll return next week. 

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • See who’s participating in DMV Black Restaurant Week, which has its own beer this year. [WCP]

  • Have you tried the new Indonesian coffee shop on McPherson Square? [WCP]

  • How to make Republic Cantina’s queso dip. [Washingtonian]

  • These breweries occasionally moonlight as yoga studios. [DCist]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book meditates on class and family. [WCP]

  • Escaped Alone at Signature Theatre is a puzzler. [WCP]

  • Maury Povich chats about what the Nats mean to him. [Washingtonian]

  • Our beloved panda Bei Bei heads to China on Nov. 19. [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Wizards showed Bradley Beal the money and the 26-year-old guard has signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the team in a move that is seen as a huge victory for the rebuilding Wizards. [ESPN]

  • Robert Mays of The Ringer wrote about a topic very familiar to D.C. sports fans: the hopelessness of the Washington football team. [The Ringer]

  • With two words (“since today”) local actor John Loughney has become the face of the Washington Nationals’ bandwagon fans as the team heads to the World Series next week. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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