The Arlington, Texas, Police Department has begun posting the photos of men and women busted for prostitution on its Web site, reports the Associated Press. The photo postings are part of a larger effort to clean up an area near the city’s entertainment district that has high rates of prostitution, drug crimes and violent offenses, police said. The photos “could put some pressure on people to modify their behavior,” police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said.
The photos of 27 men arrested in May were posted on the site Wednesday. The department is also mailing postcards to anyone arrested for prostitution. The cards include a photo of the person arrested and a toll-free phone number and Web site address for information from the Centers for Disease Control about sexually transmitted diseases. Arlington joins police departments across the nation that already post mug shots on the Web, including Dallas.