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Columbus Targeting ‘Johns’ To Fight Prostitution
Columbus Police say theyâ€™ve traditionally fought prostitution with undercover cops arresting prostitutes . But thatâ€™s changing.
â€œWe werenâ€™t solving the problem as it was before,” says Lt. Mark Lang. “Weâ€™d been doing the same thing for the past 80 years, but it really wasnâ€™t making a difference.â€
So, Lt. Lang says, theyâ€™re increasing targeting “johns”, or men who solicit prostitutes.
In one month Lang says itâ€™s proven so effective theyâ€™ll spend as much time targeting customers as they do prostitutes.
Lang says johns can face jail time, but itâ€™s much more effective to send them to the prosecutorâ€™s â€œjohn schoolâ€ that teaches them about the social issues behind prostitution and its affect on women.