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DEIS: Rates of vice-related crimes likely to double


THE rates of crimes related to sex, drugs and alcohol on Guam are likely to double as a result of population growth related to the military buildup, the military assessed in the draft environmental impact statement.    

In general, prostitution prospers in boomtown settings, the draft study said.

“Thousands of men are added to the local population, and transient workers often have little stake in the community. As a result, drugs, alcohol abuse, and prostitution can become significant problems, and annual arrests can double or triple in a single year,” the study said.

Sex trade


At present, strip clubs and massage parlors on Guam are integral to a mix of commercialized vice such as prostitution. Although prostitution is not obvious on Guam, the number of therapeutic massage parlors is rising and although there is no direct linkage between therapeutic massage parlors and prostitution, a relationship can be inferred from co-location of adult entertainment, massage parlors, and sex workers in cities throughout the world, according to the draft impact statement.

In 2006, seven arrests for prostitution and commercialized vice were made. Trend data are inconclusive and show four arrests in 2002, two in 2003, five in 2004, and two in 2005, according to the Guam Police Department.

Inquiries to the GPD revealed an absence of quantitative data about those who patronize prostitutes.
Arrest data refer only to prostitutes, not their clients. Thus, there is no clear evidence whether likely migrating groups are any more or less likely to patronize prostitutes. It is therefore not possible to say whether these groups of workers in particular would differ from other construction-related workers in contributing to prostitution.

Drugs


According to the impact statement, the military buildup would likely increase the number of arrests for drug and alcohol-related offenses simply because of the population growth. Furthermore, rapid social and economic change can significantly impact drug and alcohol abuse.

It is not possible, however, to determine whether construction workers in particular would incur more drug and alcohol-related arrests than other types of workers. The GPD reports on drug abuse arrests by age and crash, injuries or fatalities and ethnicity, not by type of employment.

According to GPD data, in 2006, arrests of citizens from the freely associated states were disproportionately high for alcohol-related offenses though not for drug violations.

According to the report, the flow of goods and legal and illegal immigrants into Guam presents opportunities for drug smuggling. The drug methamphetamine was involved in 54 percent of the drug arrests in 2006.