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in a while and a lot of times it gets caught on tape. put your hands behind your back. you're under arrest for soliciting prostitution. >> even though it is illegal in 50 states, sex is for sale at every turn. >> $120 for the half hour? >> yeah, i'll take the whole hour, then. >> behind the smiling faces live shattered soul, helpless and in fear. >> the men who are buying sex, johns are buying their right to dominate another person entirely. they're treating the women like a piece of furniture. >> don't do it. get out of the car. get out of the [ bleep ] car. are you on probation or parole?
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>> i wasn't doing nothing. >> who are the everyday johns who buy these women? are you married? >> yes. >> what would your wife say if she sees this? >> this is humiliating. i've never done anything like this before. >> while police fight the rising tide of criminals who profit, san francisco is cracking down. >> look straight at me, please. >> unmasking the ceos, husbands and workers who fuel the black-market sale of girls. >> i like girls. why not? it's 9:00 p.m. on a friday night and inspector, steve, 14-year veteran of san francisco's vice unit is headed to the upper tenderloin, a well-known area where women are sold.
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>> tonight we're doing a, what we call a first offender's prostitution operation. we send out a female police officer posing as a street prostitute and the johns will approach her. if she gets all the elements of solicitation, they'll be arrested for soliciting prostitution. >> this san francisco police officer is an undercover decoy who has worked this corner many times. >> this corner is known for transgender and for female prostitutes. a lot of times i will get men who ask me if i'm male or female. >> drug dealers, muggers and sex traffickers also roam the tenderloin so the undercover's safety is a primary concern. >> you never know who the guy is who's pulling up in the car. there's a lot of predators out there. sex offenders. pimps. fortunately, we have a close-cover officer in close
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proximity and the safety aspeck of things are in our favor. >> is her wire still good? >> yeah. >> copy. >> as soon as the team assembles at the corner, there is a problem. two regulars have already set up shop and are open for business. >> made contact with them and asked them to leave. >> steve wants the stroll completely clear for the undercover. >> about to walk away. >> copy. >> as soon as the competition moves to another corner, the decoy immediately makes her first date. >> let me know what verbiage you hear coming out. >> okay. she just agreed to 40 bucks for a blow job. black lincoln town car. >> the takedown team close in on the john. >> that means you, idiot. turn off your engine. turn off your engine.
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step out of the car. face car when you step out. put your hands behind your back. just relax. you're under arrest for soliciting prostitution. that girl you were talking to is a police officer, okay? >> while some jurisdictions might consider buying sex a minor crime, this man and others quickly learn the san francisco police do not. as the john is walked to the staging area, he says that he works for an online taxi service. >> what's your last name? spell that. >> b-a-t-s-a-i-k-h-a-n. >> but there's a problem. he has no way to prove his identity because, he claims, he recently lost his driver's license. >> so if we run that name, it's going to come back with a driver's license with your picture on it? >> yes. >> okay. >> after 20 minutes and a thorough search of databases, officers cannot find the name the man has given them.
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>> your name is coming up with no record for the driver's license. >> why? >> are you telling us the right name? >> the police suspect the man is lying. >> if you don't have a valid driver's license, we can't prove who you are, you're going to jail. so hopefully you're telling the truth. >> truth might be an elusive concept for this mystery man as our producer, grace khan, finds out. >> have you ever bought women before? >> no. this is not for me. >> i'm sorry? >> this wasn't for me. it was for the guy who asked me to do this. >> oh, you were buying for a guy? >> where was the guy? >> he was at the corner of farewell and l street. man claims he was paid by a client to buy a girl and bring her back. >> where is the client? >> he was at farrell street. >> if we go back there now, we'll find him? >> i'm sure he's still waiting. >> you think he's still waiting for you? >> yeah. >> have you ever done this before? >> no, this is the first time.
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>> did your client actually see the girl? >> no. he said just any of them on the street. >> so just go buy any girl on the street is. >> yeah, yeah. he'd come back and drop her here. >> the story of the phantom client seems less than convincing. >> did you know that's illegal? >> i don't know. >> did you know that buying sex is illegal? >> yes. >> in the state of california. >> yeah. >> so knowing that it was illegal, you were still going to do it? >> i wasn't sure. like, i told myself, i'm not buying for myself. maybe, just, maybe, like giving her ride to him. >> do you know what's happening now? >> no. >> you actually negotiated a deal for oral sex with the undercover officer. you did not tell her that you were buying her for a client. you said it was for you. you do know that you did that, right? >> the john appears stunned upon
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learning police recorded the deal he made with the decoy. >> you don't remember? >> no. like i'm telling you that i did not did it for myself. >> do you know what human trafficking is? >> yeah. >> what is it? >> forcing somebody to sell their bodies? >> right. >> so in purchasing a girl for yourself, or for a client, you're kind of participating in that, right? >> we noticed the man's shiny wedding band and asked about his spouse. >> are you married? >> yes. >> what would your wife say if she sees this? >> i don't know. >> when police can't find the name in the system they search his vehicle and find several documents with conflicting information.
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the car is registered to this man, but the man adamantly insists that's not him. >> one more chance. take a moment and think about it. you have multiple pieces of paper with someone with the same last name but a different first name than you're giving me and that could make a big difference right now. okay? so is this you on here? or is that name that you gave me the one you're going to stick with? this is you, right? >> [ inaudible ]. >> yeah. >> what's your real name, man? last chance. come on. >> what is it? >> that is your real name? the other name? >> officers run the new information found in the vehicle and make a positive identification. >> tell me why you didn't give us the right name to begin with. just curious. what were you afraid of?
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>> i don't know. >> you don't know? >> i'm going to put some ink on your right thumb. >> right thumb. press really hard. nope. harder than that. >> the 25-year-old is ticketed, fingerprinted and must appear in court or attend the first offenders program which is basically a reeducation camp for johns. >> this letter i'm going to give you outlines a class on a saturday for eight hours. you might be eligible for it. you might want to choose that as an option. >> by finally giving his real name, he has avoided spending the weekend in jail. >> very good. >> occasionally you will get an individual that thinks that by giving you some false information, that they're going to get a citation and walk out of here and we're going to be dumb and not check to see if in fact he is who he is. which we did this evening and eventually, we prevailed and found out who he was. that woman you were talking to is a police officer.
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in san francisco, a city with a long tradition of vice, the police do not turn a blind eye to men who buy sex and the city. >> you're under arrest for soliciting prostitution. >> to combat the rising tide of traffic of girls fueled by the internet, the san francisco police department changed course and started stinging the men instead of the women who sell. >> we don't look at the prostitute as the suspect. we look at the prostitute as the victim. we go after the johns, the pimps and the predators preying on these women. >> you ever been arrested before? >> now in its sixth year, the san francisco's police department first offenders' prostitution program or fop is not just about punishing johns.
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it's bt about re-educating them. >> first offenders have an option of attending a class and getting educated on why they shouldn't be out there doing this kind of stuff. we're going to be doing an operation tonight in the central and northern police districts. >> once a week the team meets to take down johns. >> one of two thing will happen. there will be a pedestrian walk-up or it will be a vehicle. tony, i want you to be on the district channel. >> tonight detective tony flores of the human trafficking task force joins the team. >> the whole thing regarding human trafficking is that we're talking about people. we're not talking about an item. we're not talking about drugs. we're talking about individual people. their soul has been taken away. >> it's usually okay. >> are you wearing a wire? >> yes. i'll be wearing a wire. >> the operation includes a married patrol officer playing the role of a prostitute. >> they asked me how much.
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and i tell them what my prices are for a blow job, sex, everything which is a blow job and sex. >> what are some of the thing that happened to you on the street? >> sometime when i'm out on the street i'll have other girls come up to me and talk to me because their pimp has circled the block a few time and they've eyed me and seen me. so they get their girls to come over to talk to me to see who i'm with. >> have you ever been in a situation that made you nervous? >> i have. yeah. i think in the past, the pimps have made me nervous. sometime they get kind of aggressive. i had one almost jump out of his car at me but luckily my close cover was very close by. >> tonight's sting again takes place in the tenderloin district. >> there's a lot of drug sales down there, street robberies, prostitution. we have regular everyday people trying to get by and survive and they have to deal with this stuff going on around them.
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>> all right. we're on post street facing eastbound. >> he'll be on this side right here. and there is a laundromat right across the street. he's going to be inside there looking right out the window. >> all right. >> you got the wire on, right? >> yep, wire's on. >> steve and tony, wire working still? >> confirmed. >> all conversations stops once the undercover hits the street. eight pairs of eyes track her every move. >> so now basically sitting and waiting. >> who will grab the john? >> all three of us will exit the vehicle. john in the car will be told to turn off the engine. put in it park, put the brake. we ask him to get out of the car. once he gets out of the car, we handcuff him and transport him back to the staging area. >> within five minutes of standing on the corner, a driver calls out to the undercover.
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>> in a white or beige hatchback. she's talking right now. the driver's side. >> all right. >> door's opening. [ siren ] >> sir, police. turn off your engine. put in it park. put the brake on, please. all right. take off your seat belt. keep your hands where i can see them, though. >> i'm not doing anything. >> okay. just doing what i'm telling you, please. step out of the car please. >> you're not going to arrest me? >> step out of the car, sir. face the car. turn around. put your hands behind your back. just relax. okay. that woman you were talking to is a police officer. you're under arrest for
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solisiting the act of prostitution. >> she said she was -- >> listen to me. >> all right. >> this is what's going to happen. if you have identification, and you don't have any outstanding warrants and you've never been arrested for this before, you're probably going to get a ticket and be on your way in 20 minutes to a half-hour. just cooperate and everything will be okay. >> what about my car? >> we'll drive you over to our staging area. >> oh, boy. >> there is a really positive thing happening these days. which is in law enforcement attempts to top trafficking. >> anti-trafficking advocates want other police agencies to follow the sfpd's aggressive lead. >> they've learned just as the rest of us have learned that the best way to stop trafficking is to arrest johns. because where are people trafficked to? strip clubs, gentlemen's clubs, massage parlors, escort prostitution.
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this is where women are trafficked to. and into the hands of johns. so arresting johns tends to stop them and it removes the kind of social invisibility that johns have. how old are you, sir? >> 78. >> he might have been a young guy when he started doing it and he can't stop. sort of addicted to it. radition. [ woman 3 ] to come together even when we're apart. [ male announcer ] in stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and more, swanson makes holiday dishes delicious.
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turn off your engine. put it in park. put the brake on, please. >> in sfreenan francisco, it's beware for those who prowl the streets looking for sex on the go. >> you're not going to arrest me? >> police are cracking down hard on the johns who fuel the black market sale of women. >> turn around. put your hands behind your back. >> the unit's first catch of the day is identified as a real esta estate, huddelson. >> he said, not again. what does that mean? i got picked up about six years
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ago. what happened then? i when to john school. did you learn anything from that? he goes, obviously not. >> why do they have to take all these photographs? >> police arrested him after he offered an undercover decoy cash for oral sex. >> the whole interaction was recorded and she's going to write a statement as to her interaction with the john that was just arrested. >> oh, boy. this is the [ bleep ]. >> he beckons detective flores over. he's apparently worried about what officers might find in his prius. >> a medical marijuana card. >> that's all right then, right? >> yes. >> you can't bother me with that, then? >> i won't bother you for that. >> how old are you, sir? >> 78. >> while we express surprise at his age, the officer is unimpressed. he said his unit arrests a lot of senior citizens. >> we don't know what's going on in that guy's head. he might have been a young guy when he started doing it and he can't stop. sort of addicted to it.
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a lot of these guys, they got to have their fix. >> hope to never see each other again. >> i hope so, too. >> i'm going to take your photograph. >> all right. >> look straight at me, please. thank you. >> as huddleson is processed, our producer, grace khan, tries to learn more about the 78-year-old. >> we're out here with the san francisco police department recording everything that they do with regard to the first offender prostitution program. my understanding is you've been through that program before, correct? >> yes. >> and my understanding also from one of the officer is you feel like you have an addiction to this. no? no? >> i like girls. why not? >> so you think this should be legal? >> i don't know. >> do you think that buying women is a crime? >> you don't? do you think the women out here are doing it willingly? >> yes. >> and that they're making all the money? >> yes. >> have you read about human
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trafficking? >> no, i haven't. >> you don't believe any of the women are being coerced? >> i don't think i want to talk to you anymore. >> okay. all right. >> this is a letter from the san francisco district attorney's office, okay? this outlines a class on a saturday that they give. okay? for eight hours. i don't know if you're eligible for this class or not. now, the last thing i want to afford you the opportunity to talk to me about what happened. would you choose to talk to me about what happened? i'm going to tape record our conversation and read you your rights. knowing this, do you want to talk to me about what happened? >> don't you know? it's pretty obvious. >> i'm asking you if you want to talk to me or not, sir. >> no. >> okay. thank you. >> should i talk to you? would you let me go? so what good is there to talk to you about? >> that's a determination you have to make. i can't tell you to talk or not talk. >> that doesn't make sense. >> do you want to talk to me or not? >> about what? why i'm here? because you guys pulled me over. that's why. >> based on the conversation
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we're having now, i'm going to make the determination you don't want to talk to he. >> can i leave? >> you're free to go. >> thank you. >> as huddlson makes a hasty exit, grace khan our producer realizes she knows the 78-year-old. >> i know him. he's a member of my tennis club. >> that guy? >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> i was trying to pretend like i had no idea who he was. >> detective flores says that everyone probably knows someone who is a john. >> i'd be lying saying i could stop this whole thing, but we definitely could put somewhat a dent and let these individuals know, no, you will not do this. good thing you used your head, man. you took off, that would have been the biggest mistake of your life. >> trust me, i wasn't going anywhere.
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a december surge propelled health insurance signups through the federal government's website past the 1 million mark. a rescue may be just hours away for those onboard a research ship stuck in ice in antarctica, a ship that was sent to free them is now in their area. back to msnbc "undercover." in san francisco you would be hard pressed to find anyone who understands johns better than inspector steve rivella. >> all right, tony, they're getting out of the van and should be walking up to the corner momentarily. >> for the last decade his team put names and faces to the anonymous men who perpetuated the exploitation of the vulnerable. >> another confirmation that the wire is working. >> good wire. >> copy.
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>> with all units in position, the undercover decoy works the evening's first stroll. >> a good little spot. you can see her. because the lights are on above her. >> within moments, a man approaches the undercover. >> talking to the guy in the black beanie, white shirt, a black vest, black pants. a male. about 40. >> they're walking together. >> walking north. no signal yet. >> not yet. >> she's following him to a liquor store. out of sight. >> i got her. still talking. no signal yet. >> okay. she's asking him -- >> there it is. good signl signal. >> i'm going to open the door. >> the window.
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the window. roll the window down. >> i can't. >> police department. put the bag down. put the bag down. put your hands behind your back. get up. get up. stand up. stand up. stand up. all right. you want to go down? relax your hand. don't tense up. all right. go ahead. stand up. stand up. stand up. do you speak english? >> no. >> can you walk back with him with the guy? yeah, walk back. >> this john, who spoke english just moments before with a decoy, now claims he doesn't understand the language. >> i don't understand nothing. >> why is he laying down like that? >> i didn't tell him to. actually i wanted him to stand up. he went down. i had to go with what he wanted to do. i guess maybe because he saw the cameras. he seemed like he was trying to get down to conceal himself. >> oh, okay. >> san francisco police detective tony flores comes in to translate. a voter registration card for mexico i.d.s the john as
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hernandez. >> if he wants to talk, it's going to be recorded and he'll be read his rights. >> the 31-year-old said he has no idea why he is being arrested. [ speaking spanish ] >> okay. >> was he just on his way home? what happened? >> he said he really didn't understand what was going on. >> he didn't understand what was happening? >> he doesn't speak really good english. >> just talking to the pretty ladies. >> i guess so. >> take the hat off. >> the undercover has hernandez on tape asking her for sex in exchange for cash. >> thank you. >> as temperatures drop and the light fades, the decoy works a new corner. >> a lot of the girls that do work out here, they actually have apartments in the area and that's usually where they take their dates. >> so they go inside.
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>> and some guys, any place that's secluded in dark, they're willing to go do it. >> it's freezing out. >> they still do it. >> i think most people don't quite understand what prostitution is really like. if you look at the popular media, you think it is rather glamorous, sexy, fun and a good time. in fact, to be blunt, having someone who is unpleasant to you, who you don't want to have sex with, [ bleep ] on your face, who really doesn't care anything about how you feel. it's painful for the women. and it's actually something that many people would rather not know too much about. >> talking to a car, four door,
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blue. hasn't approached the window yet. just talking from the sidewalk. >> all right. good case. good case. >> whoa. >> good case. >> about to get in the side door. [ sirens ] >> don't do it. don't do it. get out of the car. get out of the car. right now. >> i'll get out, i promise. >> get out of the car. >> i promise. >> turn around, face the car. put your hands behind your back. put your hands behind your back. >> i promise. >> okay. that girl you talked to is a cop. you're under arrest for soliciting prostitution, okay? >> okay. >> unlike the earlier arrests, rivella moves quickly and with force to take the suspect into custody. when police saw him attempting to close his passenger door, they thought he might run. >> good night to have two cars. this guy was ready to take off. he was reaching over to close
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the passenger door. >> have you ever been arrested before? >> no, sir. >> for nothing? >> nothing. >> how old are you? >> 34. >> all right. good thing you used your head, man. you took off or tried to take off, that would have been the biggest mistake of your life. >> i wouldn't even try it. >> yeah, you would. >> no, i would not. >> you were reaching over for that door. >> as soon as i saw you guys, trust me, i wasn't going anywhere. >> detective flores searches the car to see if there's anything to explain why the 34-year-old tried to flee. >> take the hat off, please. >> matthew becher who hales from an affluent suburb has no previous arrests. he qualifies for the first offender program and is cited and released. >> without admitting guilt,
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promise to appear. that circle, sign your name. i'm going to need to put some ink on your right thumb. >> to steve's surprise unlike the other men arrested this evening, he said he wants to speak on tape. >> will it benefit me if i talk to you? >> i can't make that determination for you, but listen to what i'm telling you very carefully, okay? i'm going to read you your rights. basically i'm going to tell you can and will be used against you. you have the option of talking to me or not talking to me. if you still want to talk to me, i'm going to activate the recorder and we can talk. >> i guess i'll pass. >> okay. all right. then you're free to go. >> we do this series, i don't know if you ever watch it on msnbc -- >> no thanks. i'll pass. >> "sex slaves in america." >> pass on that. >> have you ever -- >> no. no. no. i'm not. >> your money's right there. >> okay. all right. drive safely. >> thank you. >> does anybody ever agree to be
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interviewed? >> i say once in a blue moon we'll get a guy that does, but a majority of them don't want to. >> but this guy didn't have any warrants, right? >> until we go back to the officer and double check on everything, we did run a check on him through police communications at this time. it shows that he has no arrest record and no warrant. might have meth on him. he's going to trade meth for sex. your smartphone running for how long? 30 days? 300 days? 3,000 days? the answer is... 3,000 days. because of gasoline's high energy density, your car doesn't have to carry as much fuel compared to other energy sources. take the energy quiz. energy lives here.
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rivella has a front row seat on how human trafficking has evolved. >> back then there was no internet. predominantly it was on the street. back then the big track was shotwell and cap street in the mission district. you're talking about 30 to 50 women like on a friday, saturday night. maybe 20-plus during the week. i mean, it was just off the hook. >> now rivella says it's the online auction of women that is off the hook. men no longer need to risk trolling the stroll. they can simply order a girl from their smartphone. though the technology of trafficking has evolved, rivella says the typical profile of men who buy sex is not. >> you get these guys with infant seat in the back and stuff that pull up and proposition, you know, the female police officer, sex for money. and then while we were interacting with them and stuff, we'd find out that they're picking up their kids a block
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away. when they get out from school. >> copy. >> at this time of night, in this area of the tenderloin, this corner is one of the hotter corners. >> why is this a high trafficking area? >> it's a known track, and johns come to this area specifically looking for female prostitutes but also transgender prostitutes. >> right now on the corner i'm standing i notice there's a lot of transgenders out and a lot of them do wear wigs so i'm going to try to do it without the wig to see if i can get a few more people looking for a female prostitute. >> the decoy's wardrobe change pays off. two men are seen approaching the undercover. >> wearing a backwards cap. they're going to be crossing northbound. >> she must be getting a -- >> there's another bm, wearing a
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beanie. >> he's going to take it. i'm going ahead of these guys. i'm going to head up from behind. >> as the decoy and her clients head up the hill, the close cover tells them they only have a case on the john in the baseball cap. >> gentlemen. why don't you keep walking. why don't you stop? take your hands out of your pockets. that girl you were talking to was a police officer. don't do anything stupid. put your hands behind your back. >> we don't have anything on the other guy i don't think. >> what happened? >> i'll let you know in a second. >> steve meets with the decoy to confirm the case. >> what do we got? >> he wanted a massage and a blow job. >> okay. might have meth on him. >> okay. >> he was going to trade meth for sex. >> what? >> no. >> was there anything else we need to know about? >> no. >> are you on probation or
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parole? >> yeah. >> are you on probation or parole? >> yeah. >> you're on probation? >> i just got out of jail, y'all, like two days ago. >> that means you're on probation. >> i just got out of jail. i wasn't doing nothing. >> it's 32-year-old parolee tony phillip's unlucky day. a search of his pockets turns up a crack pipe. >> fyi, a lot of these guys now are hiding their product where the battery is in the cell phones. >> is that a real phone? >> no, sir. >> you're under arrest for soliciting prostitution. verbally you were going to exchange drugs for sex. >> no, i was talking -- >> it's all tape recorded. >> just walk him back to the lot. >> have you ever been arrested in san francisco before? >> yes. >> you have? >> yep, i have. >> so we're going to do a check and you should have an s.f. number and there will be a mugshot and the mugshot should be you. >> don't you have a phone here
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that you say isn't even a phone? >> it's a display. it's not -- >> what's this part right back here? >> nothing. >> what do you mean nothing? it opens up, right? no? >> despite finding a fake phone with a hidden compartment, officers do not find a drug stash. sk skbl. >> how often do you use? >> not too often. not too often. >> once a week, twice a week? >> do you buy women often? >> i don't buy women at all. i'm sorry. i don't. i got a girlfriend. i don't buy women. i'm not like that. >> why are you sitting here? >> because i was playing around. >> you were playing around? >> i wasn't being serious. joking around. i was trying to get her interest but not like that. >> queue were tyou were trying interest?
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>> she's fine. she's attractive. that's why. from a male to female, she's a good looker. not good i was trying to -- i know it and that easy in a world. nowhere in the world. >> so when you're approaching a woman that you're attracted to, you negotiate a price? >> no, no. not really. >> she's a fine looking woman, you said, but you were -- >> just to say something to them. >> that's flattery? >> it's -- used to get hit if we say something to a woman. i know if i say something to a woman, it cost a dollar. i'm going to get hit. as far as that, i'm not willing to go out there and -- i'd be doing a lot of stuff. you know, i don't like to pay for it. >> so you have a girlfriend? >> yeah. i got a girlfriend. >> is she going to be upset if she sees this? >> i'm sure she would. she's always upset. she always gets mad with me. >> you've never bought women
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before? come on, tony. >> no, i haven't bought -- >> you haven't paid for sex before? >> have i? >> tony? tony? >> i've felt like that. i've felt like it before. >> you felt like it before but never actually did it? >> i felt like it. i had a woman -- i took one out and it ended up being, like, i just paid for sex or just paid too be with her, you know that? it's not like i want to, like i would pay for it. you can't really buy having sex, to me, personally. >> do you think women who are selling sex are doing it willingly of do you think they're in trouble? >> i think if they do it, most women they do it because they're in trouble. >> you know that, right? >> yeah, i know that. >> got arrested for 647, penal code, soliciting prostitution and the health and safety code
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of having possession of drug paraphernalia. that crack pipe. okay? without admitting guilt, that circle, sign your name, please. >> possessing a crack pipe and solising for sex puts tony in violation of his probation. he'll most likely return to jail. >> these men are pretty much every man, men of every age, every color, every educational level. and most of them are married or partnered. they're buying a particular sex act that their girlfriends or wives will not do. and it's not just oral and anal sex. it's frequently far more violent acts like slapping, hitting or choking. this is humiliating. i've never done anything like this before.
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as nighttime fades into early morning, the bars close and street traffic picks up. the police unit that is targeting johns prepares for its last round of arrests. >> it is 2:20. around 3:00, it will really die off. there might be an occasional john but most of the girls out working will actually go home because they're not going to stand out here because the clientele is not out here. >> she said the guy was looking for me.
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it's the witching hour in the tenderloin. a time for bad decisions and wrong choices. >> oh, my god. he's got like alcohol poisoning. >> a block from where we are, there are five or six bars. they're letting out right now. occasionally we'll get a drunk driver that tries to pick up the do we have a list isation case do r we have a solicitation case, but then we have to deal with the drunk driving aspect of it. >> up top. >> the van races toward the suspect while straining to keep visual contact with the decoy. at first the suspect tries to wrestle free.
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>> that girl you were talking to is a police officer. you're under arrest for soliciting prostitution. if you don't have any outstanding warrants and you cooperate, you will get a ticket and be on your way. do you have any weapons? do you have i.d. on you? >> she asked me if i was a girl or a transgender. i told them i was a girl. >> and he said he usually is into transgenders.
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>> is that really necessary? i can't be more humiliated right now. to the arresting officer, i'm sorry for being initially awful. i didn't realize he was a cop. >> receiving current? >> correct. >> except for the expiration date expired. i don't have the current one on me. >> that's okay. >> the 25-year-old can't hide his distress. >> good luck with that. >> have you ever been arrested for -- >> i'm going to be fired here. >> you're going to join the fired academy. >> good luck with that. >> have you ever bought a woman for sex? before today?
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i'm sorry. >> we need to take a picture. >> you need look at camera. if you want to look at the camera. >> he admits to having too much to drink. >> this is humiliating. i've never done anything like this before. and i feel degraded. if you've ever had too much to drink and made a bad -- >> do you want to go to jail or get a ticket? if you want a ticket, cooperate and do what we're asking you. >> sir, if you would take these other cameras off my face i would happily comply with whatever you say. >> would you mind momentarily turning off the cameras so we can take his photo. he's going to take off your handcuffs. instead of going to jail you'll
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receive a citation. every i explained to you, you're going to get a copy of. >> the arrest has a sobering effect on him. he realizes his dreams of going to the fire academy may have just ended. >> the last thing is, listen to me carefully. okay? if you want to talk to me about what happened, number one, i will record our conversation. number two, i'll read you your rights. wlu want to whether you want to talk to me or not, you'll still be leaving here tonight. fair enough. >> he was looking for a transgender but he chose to go with the police decoy who was that she was a female. he said it was very embarrassing for him. that's what happens when you're out trying to pick up prostitutes. >> getting tough on the men who buy is necessary for what they see as an epidemic. >> the men buying sex, the
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johns, they're treating the women like a piece of furniture. >> researcher, melissa farley, says the public should feel zero sympathy for the men who buy other humans. >> they're buying a particular sex act. they're buying compliance, they're buying servitude, they're buying their right to dominate another person entirely. >> and that translates into modern day slavery. something the police won't tolerate. we do these sporadically, you'll never know when a girl that you pull up on and you interact with and talk to and solicit could turn out to be a police woman and you'll get arrested. because san francisco doesn't want your business.
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in the shad yois of orlando, florida, the business of sex or sale is booming. but prosecutors are fighting back. >> the message is clear. we're going to lock you up. welcome to polk county. >> aside from the fact that it's a public health problem. aside from the fact that it's morally corrupt, the reality is these girls aren't choosing to do this on their own.

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