Critics are calling out lawmakers in Hawaii after a recent bill has been proposed to allow undercover police officers to have sex with sex workers as part of the investigation.
According to Jezebel, Hawaii police say that the law will help them catch people in the act. Police haven't broken down the law but they have policies created that will make sure police will not abuse the law. Michelle Yu, Honolulu police spokeswoman released a statement about the law.
"All allegations of misconduct are investigated and the appropriate disciplinary action taken," she said. "It's not clear, however, what the punishment would be. The disclosure laws for police misconduct in Hawaii make it impossible to know if an on-duty officer had faced discipline or accusations of having sex with a prostitute."
The law hasn't listed other factors like child prostitution and human trafficking victims who are forced into the lifestyle by their abusers.
Police expert Derek Marsh called out the law in an interview with the Associated Press. "It doesn't help your case, and at worst you further traumatize someone. And do you think he or she is going to trust a cop again?"
So far the proposal has passed the state House and will go before the Senate committee today.