Fighting Back Against Prostitution And Solicitation Charges
Prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in sex acts for hire. It is illegal to loiter for the purposes of prostitution, to solicit someone for the purpose of prostitution, and to engage in the act of prostitution. Both the person accused of being a prostitute and the person accused of being the client/customer can be prosecuted for this sex crime.
In street prostitution, the prostitute solicits customers while waiting at street corners or “walking the street”. In escort prostitution, the act takes place at the customer’s place of residence or more commonly at his or her hotel room or at the escort’s place of residence or in a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort.
The police agencies sometimes get tips or learn through word on the street that prostitution is taking place in local business establishments such as strip clubs, nightclubs, massage parlors, etc. The law enforcement agencies will then set up “sting” operations to try and confirm the prostitution or solicitation act in these business establishments.
Law enforcement sets up sting operations by having female or male police officers walk the streets posing as a prostitute to make arrests for solicitation. Other times they will be driving the car that approaches the alleged prostitute to make arrests for loitering. They may also pose as a customer looking for a little extra at the local massage parlor. Sting operations are taking place all the time and you or someone you know may have gotten caught as a result.
Helping You Defend Against Sex Crimes Charges
If you have been arrested on a prostitution, solicitation or any other sex crimes charge in southwest Florida, our criminal defense lawyers at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey are prepared to vigorously defend you against these charges.
These are extremely serious matters that the district attorney’s office never takes lightly, and neither should you. Call the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey at 888-821-9168 or fill out our online contact form today for a free consultation. From our offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and Punta Gorda and we serve Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties.