The Water Cooler: Prostitution Related Crimes – Identifying Pimps & Purchasers

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm · 43 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it! The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Individuals who have been arrested in Oakland for prostitution-related offenses and been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will now be featured on the Oakland Police Department’s website.

In an effort to combat sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, the Oakland Police Department launched a new Human Trafficking section on Friday on its website.

The new section of the website will display booking photos of individuals arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution and those profiting from prostitution, police said. Not only will booking photos of alleged pimps and purchasers be posted online, but the arrestee’s name, date of birth, city of residence and the date and nature of their arrest will also be publicly posted, police said.

In a statement released on Monday, the department explained that the new website is designed to keep the community informed about people who have been arrested and charged for prostitution-related offenses.

QUESTION: Would you like to see more arrests for prostitution/pimping/soliciting in Contra Costa County, and if so, would you like to see the authorities in Claycord create a website like the one mentioned above?

Talk about it….

1 MadMom July 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Well…we already have Megan’s Law and the site that lists sex offenders. It’s not a big stretch to me. Show their faces. Make it real.
I wish we could put an end to human trafficking.

2 Mr. John July 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Sure – I’d like to see all of our laws enforced fully. If it isn’t worth being enforced, get the law off the books.

However, I’m confused – how is this not free advertising for pimps and their employees? “Hey, I recognize you… you were the hot ho on the police site! How much?”

3 Momo July 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM


4 Dr. Doc, PHD July 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Public ‘shame’ is tantamount to peer pressure and being charged is public information… post ‘em up.

Lokeisha, Tyrone, Janie, and Jack… we wanna see them all.

5 unknown July 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Legalize it, stop screwing around with this problem.

6 well... July 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Just make prostitution legal for those over the age of 21. Regulated and taxed could bring in much needed revenue.

7 joebob July 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

the government has no business prohibiting consensual acts between adults, or regulating what people smoke drink, or put in their bodies. human trafficking, child prostitution, slavery, etc….fine, throw the book at them. consenting adults engaging in whatever….myob. we don’t need politicians sticking their noses into our private lives. especially when they seem to be the biggest transgressors a lot of the time.

8 Prostitution should be legal July 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

and regulated as well as taxed.

That won’t solve all the problems but it will solve some of them.

9 Dr. Doc, PHD July 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

“Regulated” & “Taxed”….

…typical words from liberals who apparently find it OK for pimps, both male and femanle, to exploit and use women and young adult women.

10 The Mamba July 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

You are never going to stop it, so I tend to agree with the camp that is for legalizing. Making testing mandatory, try to make it as safe as possible. The website is kind of a clever idea, until the geniuses that work for Alameda County post the wrong person and the County gets sued into the stone aged (or further into it).

11 Mr. Moses July 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Utter nonsense!

Prostitution should be legal and well regulated.

Unfortunately, nature has made guys VERY horny, ALL the time. If women would give it up more freely then there would be no need for prostitutes. Women have Valentine’s day, Men should have Free Give It Up Day where women have easy sex with strangers (naturally healthy and protected) once a year (or more please).

You’ll find there will be far fewer wars and that humanity will be as close to utopia as it can be. It is a wonder what the release of sexual tension does for society.

Consequentially, if a guy is so desperate that he has to PAY for sex, sorry but he isn’t a criminal. He has been criminalized by society. He has needs too. The only people that should be “shamed” are the pimps. But if you are going to post the guys soliciting this then also post the prostitutes. Sorry, but this is the problem when people become too PC. Prostitutes are adults. We are all exploited. If you don’t see how you are being exploited on a day to day basis then you are a dope.

Therefore, don’t hide sexism by trying to protect the “abused” prostitute and claim it as a feminist act while only punishing for the most part (the pimp doesn’t care he gets street cred!) the lower middle class lonely dude just trying to make his way through life.

12 Concoredejet July 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM

This will not solve ALL the problems it will only solve SOME of the problems.

13 Anon777 July 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Yes, absolutely show them all.

14 @Dr. Doc, PHD, #9------those well-known "liberals", Eliot Spitzer & Sen.Vitter July 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM

know a thing or two about patronizing prostitutes. Or do you choose to overlook the escapades of the Repubs?

15 Subterfuge July 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Make it legal.

16 Mr. Moses July 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

@Dr. Doc, PHD (fake)
I don’t know from what degree mill you got your doctorate, but you do understand, eh, that if it is taxed and well-regulated then there are no pimps??

The women themselves work as contract workers (they are they own bosses) and if there are “pimps” it would be the police who protect them from being exploited and the tax man who takes his cut. If in that head of yours they are “pimps,” then words have no meaning for you.

Open your eyes and understand how the world works. It isn’t too late!

17 SMH July 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Intent may be good but some low life lawyer will sue based on Privacy Laws. Doesn’t matter what we feel is right or wrong, legal system gets exploited by less than professional lawyers. This very debate took place with a TV personality who questioned and liked the idea that a certain store owner who caught shop lifter on camera posted his picture in window of store. Same intent to shame them. Lawyer listening to conversation said “he could” challenge that the persons privacy has been violated. Regardless of any opinion, this story is far from over. Likely be revisited in court.

18 Dorothy July 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Doesn’t Nevada license their sex employees? Aren’t they required to have a certain number of health exams before the license is renewed? Hey, California – just think of the revenue that could be coming into the state’s coffers just in licensing fees and taxes on income, plus of course, an extra entertainment fee…

19 ANNONeeemoose July 1, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I don’t know. I think it’s odd you can’t get any information on criminal cases or if someone has a warrant outstanding (it’s not public info presumably due to that presumed not guilty thing).. so how can they show these people who are only charged and not found guilty of a crime?

Though I think this would deter any crime. Shoplift? Your mugshot goes public. DUI? Public ID. Any crime = your mugshot all over public? Not sure how I feel about it.

20 J July 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I never considered Nevada a bastion of liberalism, maybe libertarianism, but consider their model for legalized prostitution. It occurs in segregated areas, sex workers receive regular medical care and are independent contractors who pay a regulated fee to owners of brothels.

It’s “the oldest profession” for a reason. Either way the government has to be involved, criminalizing and convicting or cleaning it up and regulating. I prefer the latter.

21 Mimi (original) July 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Sexual acts between “consenting adults” should be left alone? Sure….and on whose word is it decided that the adults are actually “consenting” as opposed to being forced? Good luck with this one!

22 Antler July 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Yes, I would like to see more CCC law enforcement units patrolling our streets and effecting sweeps where legally indicated.

I would prefer that Claycord coverage be only in a “hidden unless clicked-on in a column” format, as otherwise the site would be taken over by ugly pictures and lurid descriptions. Admittedly, I want the job of arrests DONE, and cases prosecuted, and the convicted put away without possibility of parole….. but I just don’t feel the need to be splattered by the mess.

23 @ drdoc phd July 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

How exactly would you religious conservatives, you, know, the ones that are so much better than everyone else, stop this activity? Come on. Tell us stupid liiberals how you will end tbousads of years of activith that noone else has been able to getrid of.

24 Justin July 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Tax and regulate, just like marijuana should be.

25 Make it Legal July 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Why are folks afraid of allowing people to generate revenue off of a service they provide? Why are people afraid of having some regulation around how clean the environment is? Restaurants have to meet cleanliness standards, why should copulation service providers be required to meet cleanliness standards? If it were legal, they wouldn’t need pimps. Think of all the money lawyers could make keeping the documentation up to date.

26 Anonymous July 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Put up hookers pix too. Of course in Oakland they are treated as victims so that would never do..

27 Atticus Thraxx July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I don’t care. What would be nice a if you fixed the roads. Stuff like this is like sweeping your front steps while the back of your house is on fire.

*Fix or close,

28 @Dr. Doc, PHD, #9----a REAL doc wouldn't write PHD, it would be PhD July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

which as some know, stands for Piled higher & Deeper. What does yours stand for?

29 gimli July 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

@Legalizing it, etc. Sounds like Back to the Future Part 2. Not even a hoverboard & Delorean can save your stupid reality. We need more McFlys and less Biffs in the world. You know what I mean.

30 Giggity July 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Legalize it. If no one is exploited, I feel it is no crime. Legalize Mj also. I don’t do either, but we need a better economy.

31 Cal July 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Some guy will commit suicide, after his family breaks up or if he loses his job.

32 Ms right July 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Legalize it? Wtf!!!? Whats going on with the world? There are many of boys and girls under 21 that work for those a**holes. Do you think thats fair? Even though its over 21, there are plenty of women that work for sex trafficking because they are threatened and they are not even from this country. Of course they should create a website. Damn.

33 Fritzhugh Ludlow July 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

In 1956 when the Attorney General Pat Brown closed down the houses of Prostitution in the Gold Rush town of Jackson, a Madam posted the sign: “No Girls, Beat It!”, On the House’s front door ….see “The Last Days of the Great State of California”, p.70…by Curt Gentry.

34 Always Right July 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Absolutely yes and yes.

Shame still works as a deterrent for most people.

Those who think prostitution should be legal should think again. Would you honestly want a brothel in your neighborhood?

35 anon July 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Did you go to that page? I dunno, either they put groucho marx type noses on these guys or the photographer didn’t care to take their good side. I mean look at Roy, they put a mr. potato head nose on him.

36 old concord July 2, 2014 at 12:33 AM


37 Norm July 2, 2014 at 7:05 AM

…new use of the Weapons Station, a legal brothel.

38 Anonomous. July 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The pimps don’t seem to care that they are on a website so shame doesn’t really work.

39 NatureGirl July 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Someone on another site pointed out that one of the johns arrested- Dennis Newlin- is listed as the Clinical Director at STAND!, which is very disturbing! He lists adolescents as an area of specialty for his work, and then he’s out probably purchasing sex from someone who could be one of his clients. Absolutely disgusting!

I’m all for this site, and I’m a “liberal”. Almost 100% of the girls who are forced to work the streets in Oakland (and elsewhere) are not doing it by choice. They have been brainwashed by some older guy who preyed on their vulnerability, history of abuse, etc., and put them in a position where they feel trapped and afraid for their lives if they were to try to leave. They lure them with fantasies and promises that never come true, some hope for a better life, and “love”. It’s a sick, sick “business”. And all of those girls are someone’s daughter, granddaughter, sister, etc.

40 Idiocracy July 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I think some of you are not getting the point of legalizing it. Law enforcement cannot ever stop this. Might as well clean it up and make some revenue. Its a no brainer. Plus more guys and girls (I’m sure there are male prostitutes for you ladies) will be able to get laid which makes most people genuinely happy. Its a win win. What needs to be illegal is lower IQ ppl having kids

41 concerned mother July 4, 2014 at 1:09 AM

I work in a health center in a bay area high school, and am constantly horrified by the degree of sex work recruitment that my female students face! I hear story after story of the how “he was so sweet” and “makes me feel special” but “he dropped me off at ‘the track’ and told me I better bring back some money.” Honestly, I hear something along these lines on a near weekly basis and it makes me sick…

It is sickening how methodical and manipulative these men and women are and the how they completely blindside adolescent girls and bring them in to prostitution. Most girls unwillingly enter prostitution between the ages of 12-14…trauma, rape, abuse, and fear keep them controlled and too ashamed and afraid to ask for help. Human trafficking affects girls of all demographics – from those who have terrible histories of negligent families and prior sex abuse, to those honor roll students from “good families” who are secretly being pimped out my their “boyfriends” right under the parents’ noses.

Most of us can remember that our teen years were sometimes quite difficult – issues of identity, confidence, changing bodies, unwanted attention, rebellion, and anger all make teens so vulnerable to predators. In my opinion, the OPD’s strategy is less about “shaming” a pimp or john, and more about bringing this epidemic of human trafficking to the public eye.

42 tired of taxes July 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

If pimps could make as much money or more utilizing undocumented individuals to mow your lawn, I bet the long arm of the law would be all over it.

43 Jerk July 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Please Stop giving your power away by asking for the gov to tax something. More taxes? That’s just ignorant

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