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Melbourne, FL -- Early Thursday morning, as he patrolled the streets of Brevard County to keep a heroic watch over the citizens of Melbourne, Officer Shawn C. Archbold offered a prostitute $40 for sex.

Immediately following the officer's proposition, he was arrested as the sex worker was actually a decoy working undercover for the Melbourne police.

Ironically enough, the undercover pro was deployed specifically to catch Archbold as his department has suspected him to have been engaging in this activity for four months prior to Thursday's arrest.

"That investigation did result in absolutely proving that, in my mind, that this officer has violated these state laws," said Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs. “This kind of thing cannot be tolerated in the Melbourne Police Department or law enforcement in general."

The 27-year-old officer was immediately suspended without pay following his arrest and was booked into Brevard County Jail.

"We are taking appropriate action to ensure this type of behavior won't be tolerated," Mimbs said at Thursday's news conference. "And will be dealt with."

My News 13 reports that Tammie Tucker, who owns a business in South Melbourne, said she doesn't think Archbold's actions was "a good example of police conduct."

"He's put a lot of things at risk: his job, his career, the integrity of others," said Tucker, who claims she talked to Archbold often because her business was in the area where the police officer patrolled.

"I don't believe this is a representation of the work that the men and women of this department do every day," Mimbs said in spite of the fact that two other detectives were suspending in January for getting drunk while conducting an undercover prostitution sting at a local hotel.

On the same day Archbold was arrested, Mimbs had to defend another 26-year veteran of the department who was investigated for drinking on the job, making lewd sexual comments during squad meetings, and restricting detectives from conducting drug investigations.

Cops and prostitutes have a long standing and twisted relationship. Police officers are often caught in the act, and many of them have been exposed as pimps -- some were even caught running child prostitution rings.

Just last month, a former NYPD officer was arrested for running a prostitution ring. Although he had been on the force for 11 years, the cop allegedly began pimping out prostitutes immediately after his shift ended at the NYPD.

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The most recent case of government hypocrisy comes from a Michigan prosecutor, who, for the past 20 years, has been the top prosecutor for sex workers, a man who put sex traffickers in jail and built a reputation as “an outspoken advocate for ending human trafficking and prostitution.”

Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III was arrested in March at a coffee shop near Lansing, on not one, not 10, but hundreds of illegal sexual encounters in Michigan over the last 6 years.

After they were tired of getting in trouble for having sex with prostitutes, Honolulu police actually went so far as to propose a Bill that allowed them to have sex with prostitutes, with impunity, so they could later arrest them. It takes a special kind of low life to get his rocks off only to turn around and throw the woman in jail who facilitated it.

In the Land of the Free, it is against the law to get paid to have sex, unless that sex is filmed, distributed on DVD, and taxed. One of the least talked about systems of oppression in the US is that of persecuting prostitutes.

When referencing prostitution, we are talking about the mutually beneficial exchange of sexual favors for money by two or more consenting partners; not forced human trafficking.

It's called the "oldest profession in the world" for a reason. Sex is a basic human need. One need only observe the explosive population growth of humans in the last 10,000 years to see that desire to mate is inherent in each and everyone one of us.

When one takes this into consideration, the notion of outlawing consensual sex is seen for what it is, sheer insanity.

Just like the war on drugs creates crime by pushing the unending demand for illicit substances into the black market, the war on the sex trade creates crime in the same manner.

Because the demand for sex is pushed into dark alleys and late night street corners, a woman working in the sex trade becomes far more vulnerable than if they were legally allowed to operate out of brick and mortar setups. This danger of working on the street drives the need for protection from pimps who are often more abusive than any customer would be.

Despite the tens of thousands of arrests each year, the market has found a way to provide the service of sex using safer solutions. In spite of the laws, sellers of sex have found ways to safely conduct business by setting up "massage" parlors, using phone books, and, of course, the internet.

Besides being an immoral gang of thieves, the state is also relentless. They have deep pockets of extorted tax dollars of which to dig in to enforce their distorted will on the people.

Despite prostitution arrests dropping from 2001 to 2010, the cost of arresting people for sex remains staggeringly high. Individual cities continue to spend up to $23 million a year stopping people from having voluntary sex.

Meanwhile, involuntary sex goes uninvestigated at an alarming rate. Hundreds of thousands of rape kits are sitting in police departments across the country -- collecting dust, as cops petition the government to allow them to have sex with prostitutes so they can then bust them.