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Originally posted by Dutty_Rag
I happen to live in an area which is plagued by prostitution and drug abuse. After a late night out last night I was walking home to my house through said area - in search of a food store to buy maybe a hamburger or kebab etc.
undercover police officers in an unmarked car. He then went on:
"are you looking for prostitutes?"
At this point I was pretty outraged to be accused of that on the basis of what? The fact that I had done nothing more than walked through a certain part of town?
As someone who has to put up with the kerb crawlers, late night street arguments that come with living in a red light zone, I can assure you looking for prostitutes would not be on my evening's schedule...
Who the hell are they to pass judgement on me? I went home and felt really low that I had been branded a pervert / sex offender or whatever - and despite having done nothing wrong, had been tagged by the officers and CCTV operators as being upto no good.
I'm now left feeling like I can't go out of my home late at night without risking the same kind of treatment. If this isn't evidence of a police state encroaching on our freedoms I don't know what is.
You said it yourself... prostitution is prevelant there, so you should be glad that the police are out and watching for "johns" trying to pick women up.
You did nothing wrong and obviously wasn't arrested, so what?
Originally posted by elevatedone
Walking around during the late hours of the night, in an area known for prosititution gives them probable cause to stop an question, in my opinion.