A California advocate against human trafficking says the method
of shaming men who buy sex is a helpful tool to fight against
Men who purchase sex services may now see their faces on the
Internet or in a newspaper. The method of shaming nameless "Johns"
is a tool for fighting sex trafficking that is being adopted across
the country. In California, the website "Operation Reveal" posts
photos of suspects; while in Oklahoma, "JohnTV" reels through
possible sex customers.
Daphne Phung is the executive director of California Against Slavery. She says that while
it may be somewhat unorthodox, this method does have success.
"We know that fighting human trafficking requires every tool
available to us," she says. "Certainly, 'John-shaming' is one
available tool. It attacks the problem on the demand
Officials say shaming these men has been one of the most
effective tools against prostitution.
"We know that anonymity of the Internet has fueled the growth of
child sex trafficking," Phung tells OneNewsNow. "That's why it's
important that we recognize the role of the Internet in our daily
lives, and that predators are also on the Internet to recruit and
exploit children and young women."
Rather than prosecuting the prostitutes, officials are trying to
rid the industry's demand. Police say they hope to slowly release
hundreds of names over the next several weeks.