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Dear John: US police use public humiliation to fight prostitution

 Throughout the US, authorities are publicly revealing johns' identities by plastering their names and faces all over town.

A National Institute of Justice study involving interviews and surveys of police officers at 200 departments found that most believed this form of embarrassment to be the most effective way to reduce prostitution.

“What they usually ask is, ‘Is my wife going to find out? Is my boss going to find out? Is my name going to be in the paper?’’ Michael Chively, who conducted the study, told AP. The study, which began its interviews in 2008, found that those who paid for prostitutes feared publicity more than fines or jail time.

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