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Oakland website to shame pimps, johns

Jul 1, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland website to shame pimps, johns

Don't these police officers have any REAL criminals to hunt down???? You know robbers, rapists and muggers. Not people involved in the victimless crime of prostitution???

The website can be viewed at this short URL

bit.ly/1qsDpvc
Or the full URL
www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/OPD/s/HumanTrafficking/index.htm
Oakland website to shame pimps, johns

Henry K. Lee

Updated 7:22 am, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

(06-30) 17:32 PDT OAKLAND -- Oakland police launched a web page that displays mug shots of "pimps and purchasers" - suspects arrested and charged with soliciting prostitutes or benefiting from the illegal activity.

The arrestees' names, dates of birth, cities of residence and dates of arrest will be posted along with their booking photos. The information will be updated twice a month, officials said Monday.

The "purchasers" part of the website includes a statement that those pictured "have been arrested and charged for solicitation of prostitution and/or related charges. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."

The web page can be found at bit.ly/1qsDpvc.

The law enforcement effort is the latest in Alameda County and throughout the Bay Area to target prostitution and human sex trafficking.

Last week, Oakland police, the district attorney's office and the FBI announced the results of a sex trafficking sweep that led to the rescue of six teens. The FBI shut down myredbook.com, a website that catered to prostitutes and johns, and arrested the two alleged operators.

Last month, Alameda County prosecutors charged 19 people in a crackdown on massage parlors investigators said were fronts for prostitution. And at Oakland International Airport in April, workers were recently trained on how to spot victims of child sex trafficking.

Henry K. Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: hlee@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @henryklee