ST. LOUIS, April 16 (UPI) -- In an effort to crack down on “johns" who are soliciting prostitutes in town, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will begin sending a postcard to men who are caught trying to pick up ladies of the night.
The postcard reminds the johns that their “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” and includes a court date.
If you come to the First District soliciting prostitutes, be warned that this card will be sent to your home. pic.twitter.com/9eHV6592Se— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) April 14, 2014
If prostitutes didn't have customers, they'd be put out of business. My goal is to put them out of business. Going after johns.— Captain Dan Howard (@CaptainDan301) April 14, 2014
The program will debut in the neighborhoods of Carondelet and Holly Hills.
Citizens have issued complaints of "johns" soliciting them in their communities. It's degrading AND illegal.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) April 14, 2014
"If patronizing prostitutes is an action you are thinking of participating in, this is a warning, the stakes have gone up." @CaptainDan301— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) April 14, 2014