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SF Mayor: Buying crime 'gines nets fines, signs

Gram Ponante
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's openness to the idea of posting pictures of johns on billboards has sex worker advocates on edge.

In a campaign to crack down on illegal massage parlors, especially those involved in sex trafficking, Newsom is planning to fine and jail landlords of the buildings in which those businesses operate.

The johns-on-billboards idea was tried across the Bay in Oakland. Maybe Holly Randall could take the pictures?

I guess posting johns' pictures is less expensive than installing JumboTrons around the city that would play the Theresa Russell movie Whore, which made America fall in love with prostitutes. Still, there are so many crimes more deserving of public shaming.

Previously: No coercion in the champagne room

See also: Mayor's plan to curb sex trafficking

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