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Massive Upstate Prostitution Bust: But Why?

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“OPERATION GOOD TIME” LATEST MISAPPROPRIATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY RESOURCES

Fifty-four people have been arrested in connection with a massive prostitution bust in Simpsonville, S.C.

Twenty-eight of those pinched during “Operation Good Time” are alleged prostitutes, twenty-six are would-be customers.  And yeah … we’re doing the “South Carolina math” in our heads right now, too.

The raid also netted $2,000 in cash … and served as the basis for nearly a dozen drug charges.  And yes, the majority of those arrested were entrapped by law enforcement agents posing as pimps and prostitutes.

How?  Via social media …

In fact we’re told the Simpsonville police department set up an online advertisement to lure potential customers into the sting.

You just gotta hand it to those Upstate God police.  To them, the commandment about bearing false witness apparently ranks right up there with the whole “judge not lest ye be judged” thing.

This website has consistently called for the legalization of prostitution in South Carolina …

“If people want to make money by having sex with other people, what business is that of the government?” we wrote a few years back in one of our many posts supporting the decriminalization of the industry.

Of course this isn’t just a liberty issue, it’s an economic one …

And a taxpayer one …

Speaking of, there’s no word yet on how much the two-day raid cost taxpayers in terms of law enforcement assets being routed away from core public safety responsibilities.

Our guess?  The Palmetto State’s crime stats might look a lot better if police focused their efforts on protecting liberty … not attacking it.

“(This was) not a Simpsonville problem that needed to be fixed – but a headline grabbing move by a police chief seeking limelight,” one local told us.

We concur …

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