Inside the ‘school’ for men caught paying for sex

Police in Texas and across the US regularly conduct operations to catch men seeking sex work. Programs bankrolled by evangelical churches promise to change them

Pizza had been ordered for lunch, and greasy police fingers were now all over the officers’ weapons. Not their guns – their holsters were slung in a corner of the roadside motel room. For this sting operation, the detectives were armed with iPhones, texting their way into the coming frenzy.

“I know what the eggplant emoji is,” said Det Gene, referring to the oft-used sexting symbol, “but do we know if the prosecutors will take it as an agreement for sex?”

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