San Francisco Tries to Outpimp Prostitution

Flashy gimicks are not just for pimps anymore
By SAJID FAROOQ
First Published: Jun 30, 2009 12:35 PM PDT
Updated 12:58 PM PDT, Tue, Jun 30, 2009

San Francisco is getting creative about cracking down on prostitution. And the City it is taking a page from the pimp playbook to get citizens to help out.

This week San Francisco doorsteps were flooded with neatly designed flyers asking residents to “report prostitutes, pimps and Johns every time you see them” to the San Francisco Police Department, according to our friends at Mission Mission. In case you are not hip to the lingo, a “John” is a prostitute’s paying customer.

It was not the street wise vernacular used on the flyer or the fact there was a leaflet at all but instead it was the hip design that grabbed the eyes of residents.

The catchy flyer didn’t need a purple suit of a fedora hat to make its point. Instead the black and white leaflet featured bold typography that looks more like a piece stolen from David Carson’s portfolio than a public service announcement.

The timing of the flyer is prudent as well. Every summer when tourists flock into San Francisco, the number of prostitutes walking the streets goes up, according to the police department.

Original at NBCBayArea

Advertisements

Leave a comment

No comments yet.

Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s