No prostitution arrests during DNC

Despite a warning about an influx of prostitutes and johns coming to the Denver area Aug. 25-28 for the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Denver police made no prostitution-related arrests during the last week in August.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) made 520 prostitution-related arrests in 2007, according to DPD officials, which would average out to 10 a week.

But law enforcement officers typically have their hands full with the extra security associated with conventions and use fewer, rather than more, resources to crack down on sex-trafficking during political conventions.

Prostitution arrests in areas surrounding the 2004 Boston DNC and the 2000 Los Angeles DNC dropped from the same time the respective previous years because law enforcement was concentrating on security issues rather than prostitution busts, according to a Boston Herald report in 2004.

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