Oakland Residents Hope ‘Dear John’ Letters Help Curb Prostitution

OAKLAND (KCBS) — Nobody likes to get a Dear John letter, and soon men who patronize prostitutes in East Oakland will be receiving them from residents who want to scare them out of the neighborhood.

The sex trade flourishes along International Boulevard, with men driving by every night, picking up prostitutes, many of them underage. Now the East Bay Asian Youth Center is launching the “Dear John” campaign – targeting the men, not the young girls.

“If you come and have sex with an underage girl, it’s a criminal act,” said organizer Andy Nelson. “If you’re buying sex from an underage girl, you’re participating in the commercial exploitation of this child.”

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Nelson said neighbors will be trained to jot down the license numbers and descriptions of the customers’ cars, and the Oakland police will use the information to send letters to the owners of the cars.

“The letters are not accusing anyone of a crime,” Nelson said. “We’re simply noting that, ‘Hey, we saw you here.'”

Oakland is the first city in California to try this, and Nelson hopes the exposure will shame the men, into staying away.

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  1. joe says:

    it’s also a criminal act to enter this country illegally, yet I don’t see oakland residents or officials sending out letters to those criminals. it’s also a criminal act to drive a car without a drivers license, yet I see Oakland pd and city council encouraging it and stopping the impounding of the unlicensed drivers vehicle, expecially if they are an illegal alien. Why the double standard on criminal acts, oakland?

  2. markiemarko says:

    most of the protitutes and johns are not illegal aliens. mostely white people.

    1. Ed Bling says:

      Markie…what Oakland are you talking about?! I know first hand that about 90% of the prostitutes are black and about 90% of the Johns are comprised of black and latino men. Please do your homework before providing some horrendously rediculous spout of the mouth statistic. In fact, most people have not responded to your post because of how preposterous the claims are. Additionally, as a black male in Oakland I believe in facing our problems head on with the truth. I believe that my young brothers and sisters need to take responsibilty for their actions, as well the community needs to take responsibilty as well. Criminals….stop criminilizing. Neighbors…get off your behinds and hold them responsible. Markie…come to Oakland and and see our track which is probably much different than yours in Fremont.

  3. markiemarko says:

    just look at the picture, a brunette and blonde. lol

    1. Dixie says:

      It’s a generic picture, CBS uses this on all prostitution stories.

  4. Michael Aschoff says:

    Just legalize prostitution already … you people are cave dwellers … nothing will ever change because of you.

  5. tn says:

    Fat or phat??? Not to change the subject, but is it me or is every prostitute in Oakland overweight? Watch the video and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The all look like they can use as much social counseling as well as nutrition education. If they studied any successful business model, packaging makes your product more appealing to most shoppers, unless all the johns want junk in the trunk.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      You obviously are not aware of the men who want baby with back. Google Sir Mix-a-Lot.

  6. lydia says:

    The all look like they can use as much social counseling as well as nutrition education. If they studied any successful business model, packaging makes your product more appealing to most shoppers, unless all the johns want junk in the trunk.
    I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on–s’e’ek’c’ou’ga’r.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

    1. ! says:

      You’re a lame brain.

    2. RealityCheck says:

      Excellent!!! A prostitute trying to advertise in response to an article on prostitution!! I LOVE IT! If you were “a 28 years old doctor” I would hope you able to correctly state that fact. /EPIC FAIL

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