Police use postcard to publicly shame 'Johns'

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is cracking down on prostitution by publicly humiliating the men who try to pick them up.

Police say they're getting complaints from some people who say "johns" are soliciting them in their communities.

Anyone caught soliciting prostitutes will get a postcard in the mail that says:

"The City of St. Louis, its residents, and your neighbors would like to remind you that lewd, lascivious and/or suggestive behavior (including but not limited to prostitution, solicitation and prostitution loitering) are a violation of city ordinance and state law."

It then includes a court date, and reminder to "help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease."

Police are rolling out the program this week in two St. Louis neighborhoods: Carondelet and Holly Hills.

"If prostitutes didn't have customers, they'd be put out of business," Dan Howard, District 1 Commander of the St. Louis Police Department, tweeted.


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