SLO County to cut down on prosecuting prostitutes

March 18, 2015

Wiki-prostituteThe San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office plans to, by in large, stop prosecuting prostitutes. [Tribune]

Prosecutors have announced that they no longer view prostitutes as criminals. Rather they are victims of exploitation or forced labor.

Instead of prosecuting prostitutes, the district attorney’s office says it plans to help lead them away from their abusers and into treatment programs, counseling or housing. In order to accomplish the mission, prosecutors are teaming up with local law enforcement to launch a human trafficking task force.

Prosecutors will still file charges against prostitutes in particular cases. For instance, if the prostitute is younger than 18, prosecutors often see charging the girl as the only way to get her into the system where she can receive help.

District Attorney Dan Dow told the Tribune that those who purchase sex in San Luis Obispo County will continue to be prosecuted. Prosecutors will now refer to people who buy sex as “abusers” or “traffickers.”

Dow also said that it is inappropriate for police to arrest prostitutes and send their booking photos out to the media.

California law states that engaging in and soliciting prostitution are both misdemeanors. Between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 12, 2015, San Luis Obispo County courts convicted 13 people for engaging in prostitution and 14 for soliciting prostitution.



  1. AmericaBeautiful says:

    Oh YooHoo Mr. Dow!! Law enforcement is NOT social work.
    You are NOT a SJW snowflake.
    Get back to work and do your job as you are paid by taxpayers to do.

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  2. UncleCharlie says:

    This is just a transparent and predictable attempt by LE to shift the focus of the soon to be not-needed cops who are now focused on weed related arrests. Job security, plain and simple. Demonize those who buy and sell sex by linking them to buzz words like “trafficking” and “abuse”. The next predictable script will throw in “terrorists”.

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  3. bischbubba says:

    You guys have a creative interpretation of the story. I had to reread the article and the linked Tribune article to confirm I was in the correct comment thread.

    Those of you accusing Dow of being soft, did you read the Tribune article? Or just the headline?

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  4. lakerhater says:

    Put a camera in the room and it becomes legal.

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  5. Rambunctious says:

    Legal to sell sex but illegal to purchase sex… Legal to buy Marijuana but illegal to sell Marijuana
    See a trend here?
    Maybe it’s open commerce that Dan doesn’t like…..
    Who appointed this guy? lol

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  6. audidriver2010 says:

    Spend some time on SLO craigslist or backpage and look thru the ads…there are quite a
    few women offering companionship as well as poly and cuesta female students looking
    for “help” with tuition.. I have a difficult time accepting that all these women are victims..
    they are not as far as I know being forced into this.. and if they are thats wrong..

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  7. Rambunctious says:

    So how long will it be before we begin to see streetwalkers in SLO? Another boneheaded idea from the progressives. I cannot wait for the time when a SLO cop rolls up on a car with a sex act taking place inside and he busts the John and lets the hooker walk off with a pocket full of cash to do it again. LMAO Dan Dow you’re killing me. What a joke. Maybe Dan should rethink this…lmao

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    • Rich in MB says:

      or maybe we should rethink Dan Dow as the Head Law Enforcement Officer in the Town!

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