The contention is that prostitution is not a victimless crime. It contributes to the exploitation of women. It also hurts families and communities. Other countries have also sought to reduce prostitution. China targets prostitutes.
The FBI's 2007 Uniform Crime Report lists about 78,000 arrests for prostitution and commercialized vice. Some opine that the Internet has increased the problem.
But in Nashville the Internet is being used to combat the problem by displaying the johns' faces on a police Web site. Nashville's John school started in the 1990s and the program continues to grow. Only first-time offenders are eligible for John School. If the suspected John pleads guilty, pays a $250 fee and completes the course without another violation, the charge can be dismissed after a year.