The Sheriff’s Office publishes a list of everyone booked into the Travis County Jail, and I’ve been watching it over the last week or so to keep track of the new policy of housing Immigration (ICE) in the jail. The numbers of folks listed under ‘INS Detainer’ has certainly increased exponentially.

But today I noticed that there were over thirty arrests for prostitution this weekend, and while I don’t look at the list regularly, much less keep detailed statistics,  I’m pretty sure that means there was a john sting operation.

This must mean that the Austin Police Department spent a ton of your money, dressing an undercover officer up as a hooker, and sent her out to solicit sex from ‘johns,’ that is to say, men looking for prostitutes. Or maybe they were stopped at a light because it was red, and had no intention of doing anything but passing through, until they were propositioned by a cop.

It used to be that I’d see these things publicized in the local paper – not the names of the arrestees, but the fact that the police department had run a sting, and how proud they were that they had arrested so many people, etc. But I’ve searched Google News and the Austin American Statesman, and I can’t find a press release or anything.

Hey, if you guys aren’t going to brag about this, is that some sort of indication that you think public support for these stings is waning? And if so, any chance you could use our money on something more useful?

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