I sent an open records request just now to Austin Police Department to find out the costs to taxpayers for this:

In an undercover prostitution-reversal sting, the Austin Police Department Central Metro Tactical Unit arrested 23 males, all varying in age.

Undercover police officers posed as prostitutes and when men agreed to service terms, they were arrested on the scene.

I’ll update the post when I get a response. In the meantime, any one care to hazard a guess as to how much it cost taxpayers to dress up female officers as prostitutes and make 23 arrests for prostitution?

  • Let’s see…you’ve got the undercover officer on the clock. Then you’ll need two police cars to block the suspect’s vehicle—one in front and one in back. You might also neeed want a plainclothes officer on foot at the scene to provide security for the undercover. You’ll also need a wagon standing by to hold the prisoners. It sounds expensive.

    On the other hand, it’s probably cheaper than using a plane to catch speeders.

  • Hey Windy:

    I suspect it’s going to be a lot more police officers than you think. My guess is 10 at a minimum, all on overtime pay.

    They’re also going to rent a room at a nearby hotel where they will point the johns to, and I’m guessing other expenses.

    Your tax dollars hard at work, so to speak…

  • Reed

    At least they are going after the Johns and not the prostitutes.

  • Reed:

    Sorry to tell you, but they do that to. But why is that better? (Not weighing in, “just asking”)

  • monte

    who cares stop worrying to much about it unless you were one of the johns who got arrested.

  • Diana

    This is a waste of taxpayer money! Who and what are these men hurting? Is it right to entrap someone to arrest them and it doesn’t matter whether it is a man or a woman. The county could make more money in giving tickets and fines for prostitution rather than throwing them in jail for the night. This is one of the most CORRUPT sides of the law!!!