The good news is that the police are spending far less time in doughnut shops than people think. The bad news is that the reason is that they’re spending quite a bit of it with prossies:
University of Chicago professor and “Freakonomics” author Steven D. Levitt and sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh of Columbia University are the authors of the two-year study of street-level prostitution in Chicago’s Roseland, Washington Park and Pullman neighborhoods….
Prostitutes taking part in the study — who were paid $150 a week — reported that about 3 percent of the sex acts they performed were “freebies” given to Chicago police officers to avoid arrest. Police spokeswoman Monique Bond did not respond to requests for comment on the study’s finding. The study found full-time prostitutes made on average less than $20,000 a year.
But, you know, I’m sure protecting you from criminals is still the first thing on their minds when they’re getting a hummer in the squad car. It kind of makes you wonder what other shakedowns they’re involved with, doesn’t it?
I note that the study also tends to generally support the conclusions of my ground-breaking theoretical work in calculating the average sexual value of a woman to be around $1,350.00 annually. This is, no doubt, why so many police prefer the street hos.