Men caught with prostitutes will have their mug shots placed on a new web page dedicated for the purpose by the City of Fresno.
“The Fresno Police Department now provides information online concerning arrests involving loitering for purposes of prostitution, or patronizing/soliciting for prostitution,” according to a statement on the page.
“By using this website, you will be able to view public records on individuals who have been arrested and charged for either loitering for purposes of prostitution or for patronizing/soliciting for prostitution. The names, identities, and citations appear here as they were provided to police officers in the field at the time of arrests. These individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
The page is only one part of a large-scale plan announced Thursday by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin to curb prostitution in California’s fifth-largest city.
“The crime of prostitution clearly impacts our businesses, our neighborhoods and the quality of life in our city,” the mayor said. “Operation Reveal recognizes that we can’t solve this issue simply by dealing with the prostitutes. Customers also are contributing to the problem, so we need to focus our efforts on them as well.”
“Prostitution is not a victimless crime,” said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. “Revealing the identity of ‘Johns’ and the impact prostitution has on our community will go a long way toward reducing this activity. “
Other plans include:
- Using male and female officers to target both prostitutes and customers;
- Shadowing known prostitutes to deter customers;
- Imposing restraining orders on prostitutes and customers in targeted areas; and
- Targeting pimps for arrest and prosecution.
View the mayor’s announcement on video.