Polk County Officers arrested 78 people on prostitution and related charges between Thursday and Sunday in an ambitious undercover vice crackdown on online solicitation. 18 of the 78 people booked admitted they were married, including two suspects who were married to each other. More than 30 of the suspects had criminal histories — including nine registered felons; fourteen were on public assistance and 22 said they were unemployed.
Prostitution in Florida is the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire. In other words, it is the buying and selling of sex for money.
With a sharp increase in Internet usage, there has been a sharp increase in web sites for escort services and other directories used for prostitution in Florida. Some even come in the form of commonly used websites for other non-prostitution related services, like Craigslist ads disguised as “full service” operators. Jacksonville’s citizens of all backgrounds and professions contact prostitution houses and escort services, sometimes looking for a date or mere companionship where none can be found elsewhere. However, escorts sometimes step into the ring of prostitution crimes, resulting in an increase in law enforcement crackdowns on any prostitution, assignation, solicitation and any other sexual acts conducted for money.
Escort services are well known for targeting businessmen attending meetings, conventions, or even retreats, feeling they need companionship while on their exertion. Many arrive at the location the escort told them to meet, finding themselves tangled in a sting operation where the escort was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. If one has been accused of being involved in a prostitution, one should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes defense attorney.
One needs an experienced attorney who will be able to determine whether police entrapment was involved, whether one’s Miranda rights are violated, and whether any evidence obtained from the arrest and/or search of one’s residence was illegally obtained or tampered with.
One should be aware of all possible outcomes should one be convicted of prostitution. All persons convicted of engaging in prostitution must undergo screening for sexually transmissible diseases. Any person convicted of Solicitation of Another to Commit Prostitution must pay a minimum fine of $500 in addition to any other penalties imposed.
Many times in Jacksonville, the victim is the accused, and will face an attack from all sides. Many times, it will appear as though no one is on one’s side. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville prostitution crimes defense attorney to fight the case, one can be sure that ones’ rights and defenses are known and protected, and will be able to ensure that one can plan for a better future that one will have an eventual freedom from one’s charge.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Florida county busts 78 people in crackdown on online prostitution, Kari Huus, Staff Writer, NBC News