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Police live-tweet prostitution sting event sparks social media uproar

If you've ever been curious as to what happens during a prostitution sting, next week will be a perfect opportunity to get an inside glimpse as to what exactly goes down during the bust. A police department in Maryland has announced that they will live-tweet a prostitution sting sometime next week, ABC News said today.

The police live-tweet prostitution sting was announced Thursday morning via the Prince George's County Police Department website. The announcement read..."We won't tell you when or where, other than it's somewhere in the county sometime next week. The PGPD's Vice Unit will conduct a prostitution sting that targets those soliciting prostitutes and we'll tweet it out as it happens. From the ads to the arrests, we'll show you how the PGPD is battling the oldest profession. Suspect photos and information will be tweeted. We're using this progressive, and what we believe unprecedented, social media tactic to warn any potential participants that this type of criminal behavior is not welcome in Prince George's County."

Shortly after the announcement regarding the police live-tweet prostitution sting was made, critics spoke out and Bradley Shear, a Maryland attorney, called it a "legal liability time bomb" for the police department, The Wire reported. After hearing of the widespread criticism, the department issued a press release in an effort to clear up any misunderstanding as to what the point of the operation is.

In the press release, the department also explained that the operation will be mainly targeting "Johns," a prostitute's client. “Our Vice Unit will target those who choose to solicit a prostitute, not prostitutes themselves,” a release said. “The intent all along has been to put on notice and/or arrest the very people who exploit women and even young girls in our community.”

According to The Huffington Post, Prince George's County police spokeswoman Julie Parker defended the police live-tweet prostitution sting and she defined it as being "just another step" in opening up the department's operations to the public.

"We've spoken with attorneys, and basically once someone is taken into police custody, the information is public," Parker explained. "If you wrote to me and said, 'I need to get a list of the people who were arrested in your county for crimes X, Y and Z,' that is public information that I could share with you."

What's your opinion of the police live-tweet prostitution sting event? Do you believe it is a good idea?