Prostitution Prosecution

In today's New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert tells the story of a Queens police detective, Wayne Taylor, and his girlfriend, Zalika Brown, who are accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and forcing her into prostitution. Allegedly the couple told the girl that they had purchased her for $500 — like a slave — and forced her to have sex for money. Herbert uses this anecdote as a jumping off point to discuss a change needed in the way sex crimes are prosecuted. Even though in this scenario, police acted positively towards the girl, Herbert argues, "What's needed is a paradigm shift. Society (and thus law enforcement) needs to view any adult who sexually exploits a child as a villain, and the exploited child as a victim of that villainy. If a 35-year-old pimp puts a 16-year-old girl on the street and a 30-year-old john pays to have sex with her, how is it reasonable that the girl is most often the point in that triangle that is targeted by law enforcement?" Is prostitution prosecution in need of an overhaul? [New York Times]