A prostitution sting operation

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980505 | DOI:
A prostitution sting operation

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This chapter studies the case of an Olympic athlete who was arrested for soliciting prostitution by a plainclothes undercover vice squad officer, who had posed as a prostitute. It first examines the police report, which relates the conversation between the athlete and the officer. It then takes a look at the prosecution's and defendant's transcription of the recording of the conversation. It notes that both the prosecution and the defense heard the athlete say very different things, and then uses phonetics in order to determine what the athlete actually said. It then identifies the three inferences made by the police and nonverbal communication that eventually played an important role in the case.

Keywords: prostitution; solicitation; phonetics; inferences; nonverbal communication; sting operation; Olympic athlete

Chapter.  2582 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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