Feb 19th 2009 By Emily McCombs
The rest of the world may appreciate Las Vegas's reputation as the epicenter of unbridled debauchery, but Sin City's police and prosecutors are trying out a new way to crack down on vice in their city: by publishing the names and photos of the women with the longest prostitution-related criminal records in Clark County.Some have criticized the "50 Most Prolific Prostitutes" list as overly aggressive, suggesting that it could lead to arrests without probable cause. But according to Lieutenant Karen Hughes, the extreme strategy is necessary. "We're talking about girls who have been arrested repeatedly over the years, ones that we all know by face and by name," she said.
Although Hughes says police won't make initial prostitution-related arrests without proof that a new crime has been committed, police have already arrested 13 of the women on charges of soliciting prostitution, loitering for the purposes of prostitution, or trespassing.
Questions Raised: Is publishing offender lists a smart strategy or an unfair one? And would we feel the same way if Las Vegas police were posting pictures of johns who got caught?