LAST EDITED ON 06-Jul-10 AT 11:19 AM (PST)
I did read the thread and the article that it linked to.
Here's the pertinent portion of the text of Electrablue's post to the thread to which you referred me:
"'The city's budget analyst recommended in his report that the police pursue more Internet stings in hopes of increasing the number of arrests and bringing the program back to firmer financial ground.
But there are both political and logistical issues with this approach. The Internet stings had very small returns, Ravella says; one August sting netted zero arrests. Even when men might respond to ads the police post on Craigslist, many of them simply fail to show up. San Francisco hotels were also unwilling to cooperate with the operations. As a result, Lieutenant Mary Petrie, who was then overseeing vice, put a halt to the web stings, Ravella says.
Targeting Craigslist also has no direct impact on neighborhoods, Ravella says. Given limited police resources, responding to neighborhood complaints comes first.(from pg. 5)'"
"If they decide to do more stings, we should all be on our toes. Sounds like we have a good record."
Let's highlight the pertinent portion of the above quote one more time: "As a result, Lieutenant Mary Petrie, who was then overseeing vice, put a halt to the web stings, Ravella says."
If you think that this constitutes direct evidence that Bay Area LE is currently conducting sting operations targeting the male clients of online escorts, then all I can say is that it is you, not me, that should reread the article and electrablue's comments re it. "Direct evidence" would be either your own personal experience of having been arrested in such a sting operation, an article from a news source documenting the arrest of individuals involved in stings of this type, or some other objectively verifiable info to this effect. I'm not talking about hearsay or speculation about what might occur, needs to occur, is planned for the future or anything else other than "just the facts, maam."
Additionally, I never stated that these stings never occur, only that in my, admittedly, limited experience they are very rare. The article cited above directly supports that contention. Moreover, what is of direct concern to RB hobbyists who utilize the services of online escorts is the question of whether or not such stings are currently occurring. The gist of the article reveals that, according to LE officials, any such internet sting operations would be considered a low priority, due to budgetary constraints and the fact that internet prostitution has no direct effect on neighborhoods.
Finally, I asked (not told) if anyone else had direct info to the contrary. Do you, Dong, have such direct info? If not, then kindly STFU.