12/29/2012 – Fargo, ND — Several videos from undercover prostitution stings in North Dakota have been posted online by a media outlet after they were obtained through an open records request.
On December 21, the Website Inforum.com posted a dozen video clips they claim are from six separate undercover prostitution stings in the Fargo area.
The accompanying article on Inforum.com does not identify when or exactly where the stings took place and does not identify those arrested or give any updates as to charges, convictions or acquittals.
Inforum.com claims they attempted to contact individuals arrested as a result of the stings, but none of those contacted would comment publicly.
One issue brought up by Inforum.com is the fact undercover male police officers are allowed to get completely naked and encourage suspected prostitutes to do the same prior to arresting them.
Another issue brought up was the fact that despite all the resources required to conduct a prostitution sting, most offenders are simply given a deferred sentence and a small fine.
This is the first time JohnTV has come across videos of this sort – video released by a police department to a media outlet and then posted online with little editing (videos appear to have only been edited for language and nudity).
Usually these sorts of videos only appear on television after being highly edited by television programs such as COPS.
These videos also highlight several myths JohnTV has previously reported on in our The Law and Such page on JohnTV.com. Specifically, that undercover officers do not have to disclose they are police if asked and that officers do often get naked to make cases against suspected prostitutes.