Authorities in Asheville hope to deter the local sex trade by publishing photos of people charged with prostitution or soliciting sex.
The Asheville Police Department said wednesday that the photos will appear on the police Web site and the city's television channel.
Police Lieutenant Chris Young said officers hope it will deter repeat offenders by showing people that they cannot commit the crime and stay anonymous. The department said neighborhoods with a
flourishing sex trade are also attracting drugs and violent crime.
The police Web site showed photos of 13 people Thursday that had
been charged in recent weeks with prostitution crimes.
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