Undercover police officers legally allowed to have intercourse with prostitutesBy Mason White 2:15 PM March 23, 2014
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) Ordinary citizens are angry after learning that police officers in Hawaii, are legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes.
Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to maintain an exemption in state law that allows undercover agents to have sex with prostitutes during investigations.
The issue has emerged as the state legislature considers a bill that sponsors say would strengthen several criminal statutes.
Undercover officers need the exemption for sexual contacts with prostitutes, because in some cases, revealing their identity before intercourse
could ruin the investigation. Honolulu Police said that the department has procedures in place to prevent misconduct by its employees.
The state law that exempts police officers, which was passed in 1972, attracted attention in Hawaii earlier this month when lawmakers are considering a bill to toughen the state’s laws on prostitution and other crimes. The new bill does not include the exemption for officers charged with enforcing the law.