St. Louis Police Crack Down on Prostitution Clients

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Men who patronize prostitutes will get their pictures released to the news media, under a new crackdown police are announcing.

In the past, police have gone after the prostitutes, but Captain Dan Howard says now the men who solicit prostitutes face the glare of the law, too. By taking away the customers, he says, you take away business from prostitutes.

“First of all, you’ll be arrested and booked,” he says. “Then, we’re going to be offering up your mugshot to our webpage, to the paper, and to the media.”

A post card will arrive in your mail, toomaking it clear you have a court date for patronizing prostitution.

Howard says so many men are driving around looking for prostitutes, they’re harassing decent women on the street.

“They’re out walking their dog, or they’re enjoying one of our parks, and instead they’re confronted by a predator or a john thinking that they’re a prostitute,” he says. “It’s degrading.”

Howard says prostitution is a problem in parts of Carondolet, Holly Hills and Dutchtown.

Fines range up to $500 and jail time of up to 90 days.

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