Dallas cops give hookers a choice: jail or Jesus

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

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One night a month police set up a mobile command center near a local truck stop where hookers find their clients. Officers make arrests for prostitution and other crimes.

The women are given a choice: jail or a chance at a new life via the PDI 45-day program.

Only those who are charged with a misdemeanor can participate in the program. If they accept the offer, the services range from job counseling, to mental health services to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Since PDI’s launch, authorities have detained more than 700 prostitutes. While nearly half of them have opted to join the program, not all have completed it. Still, the results are encouraging. The Dallas Police Department’s web site further explains the details involved:

Once arrested, the detainee is taken to a remote bookin; where the field operations are being held. She is searched and relieved of any contraband, then taken for a medical screening. The Dallas County Heath and Human Services test for any sexually transmitted diseases and HIV right on-site in their mobile laboratory.

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After testing they are taken before a on-site Judge. The Judge determines if she is to be transported to the Dallas County Jail or enrolled in one of the treatment centers available on-site, all according to her criminal history and other factors; The women have the opportunity to accept this offer or go to jail. PDI is a 100% volunteer based program.

By being pro-active, giving these women the necessary tools to be productive citizens not only benefits the women and the surrounding communities; it allows Law Enforcement to take less of a re-active approach to prostitution.

After competition of the program, women are encouraged to launch new and improved lives. Volunteers help them locate homes, connect with family members and gain employment, among other key services.

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