LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police have launched a new initiative aimed at stopping "Johns" from soliciting prostitutes. They have begun posting the names and photographs of people they arrest online.
"What we'd love to see is for prostitution not to be a problem in Lubbock anymore," said Sgt Jonathan Stewart of the Lubbock Police Department.
"I feel like if the photos and names are out there then that'll be an added deterrent and hopefully used in addition to enforcement action to erase this problem."
LPD's hope is that by going public with the names, there will be less demand for prostitutes, and the supply of prostitutes will decrease as well.
"Hopefully this is just an added deterrent that if somebody is considering taking part in this illegal activity, this will just be one more thing they consider and hopefully choose not to take part in that activity," said Stewart.
LPD will continue releasing a new list of names and photos every three months.
The bottom line is, if you don't want your picture on LPD's Facebook page, don't solicit prostitutes.
"There are several areas that we may focus on from time to time, so there's not really an area of town or one specific location where it's a constant problem," said Stewart.
"A lot of people may not be aware that this is something that goes on in Lubbock, but it is a problem that we do deal with and something we're trying to eradicate."
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