Prostitution sweep targets Johns
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:50AM EDT
Police performed a prostitution sweep in Ottawa's Centretown, Lowertown and Vanier neighbourhoods Friday and Saturday. Everyone arrested and charged were "Johns."
Police say the arrests are part of an ongoing effort to deal with prostitution and prostitution-related problems.
Nineteen of the men arrested qualify for "John School." It is part of a pre-charge diversion program which uses a restorative justice approach. It means, as opposed to punishment through jail time, the men will be educated on the impact the offence has on the community and their own lives; and is usually intended to help them avoid future offences.
The man who did not qualify for John School faces charges like communicating for the purpose of prostitution and mischief.