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Program to stop solicitors starts in Shreveport-Bossier

Prostitutes and those who solicit them, known as Johns by law enforcement, have been around since Biblical times. It's a constant battle for local police to stop them. A new program plans to give a hand in the fight. It will teach those Johns a lesson about the dangers of soliciting.

"Most people think, if the lady or the prostitute's not worried about it, then we really shouldn't worry about it either," Public Health Scientist Charlette Edwards said. She has brought John School to her Shreveport-Bossier addiction clinic. She will hold Saturday classes once a month for Johns to teach them how soliciting spreads STDs; like aids, addiction problems and much more.

"Talking about both chemical and process addictions," Edwards said. "Then we talk about the violence because nobody thinks about being cracked over the head or robbed, but it happens."

Violence against women is also mentioned, as well as human trafficking. Edwards says many Johns don't realize they may be soliciting from trafficking victims.

"Sometimes, these men may be with women and not realize that a young lady has been kidnapped," Edwards said. "She's now caught up in that because she was kidnapped to do the work."

Edwards says Johns can attend classes on their own or courts can send those that have been arrested. Bossier Sheriff's Office PIO Bill Davis says stings to catch Johns happen all year round. Five were arrested recently.

The next John School will be held on April 20th. For more information, follow this link.

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