The old law made it legal for cops to engage in sexual encounters with hookers.
That meant they were allowed contact up to and including “sexual penetration.”
Now, Hawaii State Senatpr Clayton Hee told the AP, "penetration will be a no-no, but police working undercover will still be able to solicit sex with prostitutes, in order to make arrests.”
Cops in Hawaii say they have never had the OK from their bosses to have sex with the women of the night.
However, unusual language in the law clearly said such an act would not be illegal.
"I suppose that in retrospect, the police probably feel somewhat embarrassed about this whole situation," Hee commented.
KHON2 in Honolulu reports “there are other parts of the exemption that will remain, and that includes sexual contact."
They noted, "some people might think sexual contact might include touching some areas of the body that shouldn’t be touched.”
There was no response to that inquiry.
A police leader added, "we have strict policy" but wouldn’t be specific about what the rules are.