Under state law, Hawaiian police officers can legally have sex with prostitutes.
The cops won't admit that they actually have sex with hookers, but claim this legal protection is necessary so that they can catch crooks, reports KITV.
"It doesn't help your case, and at worst you further traumatize someone," Derek Marsh, a human trafficking expert, told the Associated Press. "And do you think he or she is going to trust a cop again?"
"Police abuse is part of the life of prostitution," added Melissa Farley, of the group Prostitution Research and Education.
A new anti-prostitution Hawaiian bill proposed doing away with the legal exemption for police to engage in sex with call girls, but was recently changed to restore that protection by Hawaii State Rep. Karl Rhoads.
"It's a really murky area," said Rep. Rhoads. "I was reluctant to interfere in something that they face all the time. If they think it's necessary to not have it in the statute, this is one area where I did defer to them and say, 'I hope you're not having sex with prostitutes.'"
The revised bill that would continue to allow cops to have sex with prostitutes passed Hawaii's House and goes to its Senate tomorrow.