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Orange County prostitution fight puts new focus on shaming of johns
Orange County prostitution fight puts new focus on shaming of johns

Mark Gagan, a police captain in Richmond, Calif., thought he'd found an effective crime deterrent this fall when he posted mug shots of the men arrested in prostitution stings on the Police Department's Facebook page. But what happened next shocked him. Although police listed the suspects' names, Facebook users went onto the page to add their home addresses, workplaces, schools they attended and even graduation years. "It went way beyond what I thought," Gagan said, "and it gave me pause." Within 72 hours, he ordered the whole thing taken down. Public shaming as a form of punishment goes back to the days of Puritan colonists. In recent years,...

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