Human Trafficking Fight Shifts Focus to Johns
STOCKTON — The so-called “John” who searches the Internet or the streets for sex solicitations can be any man — a lawyer, farm worker, grandfather, pastor. There is no mold.
He probably doesn’t have a rap sheet. If caught, traditionally, he has been cited for a misdemeanor violation and released from jail immediately — if he was arrested at all. The punishment he faces might be probation. Maybe.
Where you will find the more serious criminal history is with the prostitutes, who are often arrested, often sentenced, often paying for the “crime.”
But often they are, themselves, victims made to perform the acts by a trafficker, the one truly profiting and not getting caught, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
But that is about to shift.