Prostitution in Denver: Women busted more than men, punished more harshly
The report also examined the most common punishments for johns. For instance, the city's Nuisance and Abatement Ordinance allows the city to seize property -- most often cars -- used in alleged public-nuisance crimes. In 2009 and 2010, a total of 257 cars were seized. Owners, which could include men and women, had to pay an average of between $1,100 and $1,700 to get them back.
Denver publishes the names and photos of men arrested for prostitution-related crimes on a website called Johns TV. Men and women arrested must also submit to STD testing.
Johns TV Hubert J. Aguilar was convicted in 2008.
For years, Denver had a diversion program -- or "johns school" -- for first-time offenders. Between 1997 and 2011, researchers found that 535 people went through the program. Only twelve were women. It was shut down last year for lack of funds.
However, some Denver police officers surveyed said they didn't feel that diversion programs were effective. Instead, they favored jail time or public shaming as punishment for johns. One said, "Just listening to some lecture for four hours about sexually transmitted diseases is not going to deter anybody."
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