Jun 2, 2005

Operation Shame In Your Game

So Oakland's City Council President, Ignacio De La Fuente, wants to crack down on prostitution by blasting up photos of "johns" on billboards across the city. Check out the article here.

That's crazy. So many issues here. How about invasion of privacy? Does that even apply?

"This is your last and final warning," said De La Fuente, standing beneath a 10-foot-by-22-foot billboard on International Boulevard featuring the pictures of four men — obscured so they are not identifiable — arrested last month in a sting operation.

Although De La Fuente initially vowed to post the unaltered pictures of men arrested for solicitation in an attempt to shame other "johns," he said concerns about the harm it could cause innocent family members prompted him to rethink his plan and delay it for several months.

Five billboards, in East Oakland and the Fruitvale district, ask "How much clearer do we have to make it? Don't 'john' in Oakland."

I mean, don't get me wrong, I admire him for trying to improve the city and all that, but humiliation tactics?

Thanks to Carl (not a "john") for the link.


Tom Harper said...

I'm glad that burning issue has been taken care of. Johns soliciting prostitutes in Oakland -- Omigod! Now maybe they could tackle some of those trivial things like the gangs and drug wars that Oakland is famous for.

Angie said...

Okay, but look at the humor side of things if the guy is married or has a girlfriend or something. LOL And not in an open relationship. :)

Jet said...

When did we stop being adults and become the children of "Government Mommy"?

These "officals" and their obsession with the sex of citizens is just bizarre.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Dear Mayor: Legalize it and tax it and put some more cops to work on worthwhile projects. Geez!