The Enough campaign posts photos of people who have been arrested and charged with the crime of sex trafficking, they are listed under pimps and purchasers: "Sex trafficking - buying and selling human beings for sex - is illegal. One of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world, sex trafficking forces thousands of men, women, and children into a life of prostitution every year. This low-risk, high-profit crime affects victims from all walks of life...
"The Oakland Police Department is committed to combating sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. We are dedicated to identifying and rescuing victims of trafficking and locating and arresting perpetrators of this crime."
The Oakland Police Department describe the site as a way of keeping the general public informed. Police Lt. Kevin Wiley who helped create the campaign said: "It's a way of using the embarrassment card...It can attack an individual's reputation. They are engaging in crimes that are beneath the surface, off the radar, a dirty little secret, (and) we expose that secret."
A jumpy man is a dangerous man. The safety of the sex workers does not appear to be of high concern in these strategies.
The photos are presented with the disclaimer that the subject is considered innocent until proven guilty and the policy is that any photos of innocent people will be taken down. However the fact they are posted clearly sends the message that the police have a big hunch about this guy.
Therefore the campaign has been met with concern over interference in innocent people's lives and risk their reputation both socially and professionally.
Of course it also brings up the question of whether or not the campaign is bringing much out into the open or driving it further underground. A jumpy man is a dangerous man. The safety of the sex workers does not appear to be of high concern in these strategies. There's also the odd and worrying issue of the police involved in these campaigns conflating sex trafficking with sex work.
No campaign designed to stop sex trafficking or monitor sex work can succeed until we truly concern ourselves with the safety of the victim or the sex worker.