Dallas cops give hookers a choice: jail or Jesus

Texas prostitutes are receiving an opportunity to turn their lives around.

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To combat the illegal activity, which has apparently become quite pervasive, the Dallas Police Department launched the Prostitution Diversion Initiative (PDI) five years ago, a combined effort of police, social services and other local groups.

Dallas Police Department Offers Prostitutes Chance at New Life

Photo Credit: Dallas Police Department

Officers found themselves frustrated over the prospect of arresting the same women repeatedly, CBN News reports. So, they launched a solution — one that has been wildly successful in helping people escape cycles of criminal activity.

“It allows us to move the prostitutes from the wheel of going around in the criminal justice system on a regular basis to moving into a recovery mode,” explains Dallas Police Lt. Mike Coleman said. ”(We) realized we were not going to arrest our way out of this.”

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How does it work, you ask? Rather than arresting women and holding them like criminals, authorities take a different, albiet, more controversial approach: They treat them like victims. On the surface, some may accuse police of being too soft on crime, but Coleman explains that this particular program allows for individuals engaging in prostitution to gain access to much-needed services that can help to stop criminal patterns.

“When you treat them as a victim, that’s what allows them to get the services that they need for whatever is ailing them, be it drug addiction, be it whatever counseling needs they have, for whatever it is that’s causing them to be engaged in this lifestyle,” he explained. 

CBN News explains how the program works:

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