Morning Poll: Should West Palm Beach Publish Catalogs of Prostitution Customers?

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West Palm Beach city commissioners are considering multiple methods to curb prostitution in the city, including printing the names, mug shots, and addresses of those busted trying to pick up a hooker -- effectively creating a customer database for women of the night.

The city has had a rough time trying to deal with its prostitution problem -- including having its anti-hooker-loitering ordinance declared unconstitutional by two different courts.

Now West Palm Beach is running a little low on options.

In Monday night's work session with West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and the city commissioners, City Attorney Claudia McKenna gave two alternatives to the now-defunct loitering law: Create "prostitute exclusion zones" or go back to publishing the names of johns on the city's website or in print -- which didn't work so well the first time around.

In 1992, West Palm Beach took out two $1,200 ads in the Palm Beach Post, according to the paper, leading to a lawsuit against the city by a man acquitted of charges that was settled for $10,000.

But now, Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell is ready to bring back the publishing of all the johns' details.

"By publishing somebody's name, we understand the consequences to the families, but the people who are committing these crimes need to know the consequences of their behavior, too," Mitchell told the Post. "While that's tough for families to deal with, it's tougher for the neighborhoods to deal with crime that's going on."

What do you think: Should West Palm Beach publish its catalogs of would-be johns?

Cast your vote below.

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Once again Commissioner Mitchell goes off half-cocked.  

A Local Mom
A Local Mom

If you publish the names of the women and their pimps ... then you should publish the names of their customers aka JOHNS. Why should there be a double standard? Why should we protect the client who is also allegedly breaking the law? I think you should publish all names --- just as it is done for other crimes. It would help curb the impulse to act --- if men and women knew that their crime would be out in the open for all to see. Prostitution is NOT a victimless crime. Johns who commit these crimes do so because they think it will be hidden and that there will be no issue in the public. Let their family, friends, jobs, church all know. Prostitution is not victimless. And, lying, cheating, and stealing -- are just that.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Yes they should for sure,I can't wait to see all the lawyers names that are on it,lawyers are the biggest chicken hawks around them fn lowlifes,look at John Edwards that sb lawyer is getting indicted the us is going after that sb lawyer also,there all a pac of sb lawyers suck and sometimes little boys lol

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