I’m not talking about the hard streets of Bangkok, either. I’m talking about a goddamn donut shop. This almost reads like something from The Onion, but it’s real.
A woman in Rockaway, New Jersey was arrested last week after allegedly turning tricks out of the Dunkin’ Donuts at which she worked. Over the course of a multi-week undercover investigation, local police came to believe she was leaving her late night post at the drive-thru window to entertain clients in their cars. She has been charged with prostitution, and suspended from her job at Dunkin’ Donuts pending the outcome of the trial.
While it’s certainly tempting to make a joke about what a bad idea this was (cops love donuts, get it??), and how maybe she’s not cut out for prostitution at this point in her journey, I’m more upset over what’s actually going to happen to her. These cops (and the laws they have to enforce) just spent countless tax dollars depriving this impoverished woman of a way to make a living. Are you happy now, guys? Even if she’s acquitted, who knows if Dunkin Donuts will take her back? You can destroy people’s lives all you want, but maybe don’t pretend like you’re saving them by throwing them in jail.
Sigh. Anyway, Tits and Sass has some other amusing stories of sex work in strange places, and they also pointed me to a great animation someone made skewering the idea that you can “save” prostitutes by arresting them. Enjoy.