For the past year several law enforcement agencies in the Spokane area have been cooperating in an undercover investigation of organized prostitution in their area. Spokane television station KXLY initially reported the story on July 10, then posted this update on July 11.
That there have been and continue to be prostitutes working in the Spokane area is not exactly breaking news. One needs only to recall many of the victims of serial killer Robert Yates were prostitutes.
So what about Kootenai County, just over the border from Spokane Valley and Spokane? Oddly enough, an examination of the Idaho State Police’s Crime in Idaho report for 2011 reveals something quite amazing. In all of Kootenai County in 2011, there were a total of zero arrests for prostitution. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Null. Zip.
I guess that means there is no prostitution in Kootenai County. More likely, it means that the law enforcement agencies and the prosecutors have agreed to book and charge for other crimes rather than list “prostitution”. After all, their bosses wouldn’t want the public (translation: tourists with money) to get the idea that the crimes associated with prostitution exist in Kootenai County, too.