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Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 19 people in an undercover prostitution bust targeting online advertisements.
Undercover officials conducted the two-day sting focusing on online ads for prostitution last Thursday and Friday.
According to police, both male and female detectives posted and answered ads for sex on Backpage.com. The operation ended in the arrest of 19 people for crimes ranging from soliciting prostitution to narcotics violations.
Six of the suspects allegedly admitted to being married.
A spokesman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that online escort services promoting prostitution will continue to be targeted and those who commit or derive proceeds from prostitution will be arrested.
In the past, most prostitution stings took place on the streets. With the advent of the Internet and web sites that allow individuals to advertise services, including sex, authorities have a tremendous amount of political and social pressures placed on them to curb illegal behavior, which means keeping up with today’s technology. Today, police agencies may place online advertisements equipped with a photo of a male or female offering sexual services in an effort to crack down on solicitation. In fact, law enforcement agencies often invest substantial resources into these vice squad operations.
It is not uncommon for individuals arrested in a police prostitution sting to feel entrapped. Unfortunately, an undercover sting does not always translate to police entrapment. Engaging in any kind of negotiations, especially communications over price can be interpreted by authorities as an act of solicitation. However, this does not mean that you have no viable defense available to you. The Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can discuss potential defense strategies with you and protect you in court.
It is important to note that the criminal justice system is a public system. Our attorneys understand that your privacy is important and will act as discreetly as possible in all matters pertaining to your case. We can address your specific needs and concerns and help you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. In order to protect your best interests, it is vital to contact the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away.
If you were arrested in an undercover prostitution trap in Polk County or anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call our Tampa office at 813-221-3200 or dial us toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).