Mug shots most often capture people at their lowest moment. Anyone that ends up in the unfortunate situation of having their mug shot taken would most likely not want the photos to be spread around for thousands of other people to see. However, there are now several websites that use booking photos or mug shots to make a profit. Here's how it works: Website staff members comb through police releases and post peoples' mug shots, often under the guise of being virtuous and anti-crime. If a person wants their mug shot removed from the site, they'll have to pay up.
One specific site that targets Minnesota arrestees charges $100 to scrub the photos from Google and remove them from the website immediately. A payment of $75 will get the photos taken down after three days, and $50 will allow the photos to be removed after five days. Other sites have been known to charge as much as $1,800 to remove the photos from the Internet. Without payment, most sites will not remove the photos for any reason - even when charges against the arrestee are dismissed or dropped.