Oct 7 2013, 4:21am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Google has been trying to erase mugshot sites from the top SERPs. These sites print pictures of anyone who was arrested. And then they charge them for removal of the mugshot. The rate can be as low as $30 or as high as $400 depending upon the severity of the misdemeanor.
The problem is that these mugshots have a long half-life. They show up on the Net long after the person has left that past behind. Even if he or she was never charged with anything, still the mugshot remains where it is causing a great deal of embarrassment. Finally, Google is getting tough on these landmines of shame and notoriety. They have harmed the careers and ruined the lives of so many.
The mugshot sites will be displaced from their high availability on the SERPs. The mugshot money extortion business had reached monumental proportions. It was a shady way of dealing with people many of whom were in fact absolutely innocent yet were paying the price of a mugshot taken by a camera once upon a time.
All the smartcards from American Express to Visa as well as PayPal were ending the money exchange process for mugshot sites. This would be a big blow for the websites known for their underhand behavior. It would end once and for all this blackmail business that had landed so many into trouble for crimes they had never committed in the first place.
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