Prince George's County police say they decided against live-tweeting a prostitution sting because of security concerns about revealing the identity of their undercover officers. They believe their plans to do so have served as a deterrent to prostitution in the county.
Police say they conducted a sting on Tuesday targeting men who solicit prostitutes, but made no arrests over a period of several hours.
Sgt. Dave Coleman, who is in charge of the county's vice unit, says in a statement that he has participated in hundreds of stings, but he can't remember one in which no arrests were made. Coleman says the announcement that the department would live tweet the sting put johns on notice not to come to Prince George's County.
Activists who work on behalf of sex workers criticize both the sting and the abortive plans to live-tweet the identity of the johns, arguing that not all sex workers are exploited and that the sting also hurt sex workers.