Users can snap photographs of people or vehicles suspected of solicitation and send them instantly from their cell phones.
The police then use this information to generate and mail a "Dear John" letter to the home addresses of people accused of seeking out a sex worker.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf praised the tool, calling it "an example of the collaboration needed to tackle social problems." But sex workers, human-rights advocates, and civil-liberty watchdogs say the website might do more harm that good.
According to Burns, when customers are aggressively targeted by law enforcement, it increases the likelihood that sex workers will have to interact with unfamiliar clients or take other risks that expose them to violence.Cynthia Chandler, a human-rights attorney who lives in San Leandro, called the new website "deplorable," and said the city should take it down."This turns neighbors against neighbors and recruits people to become spies for the police," she said."It’s not healthy for these communities." The attorney said the website will likely have a negative impact on lower-income people and non-white sex workers."When it comes to people who work on the street, it's disproportionately people working for economic survival, who don't have resources to work indoors, and they’re disproportionately going to be people of color," she said.
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