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How Undercover Police Catch Solicitors of Prostitution

solicitation-of-prostitution-tampa_180x120Solicitation of prostitution is a practice that has been around for centuries. It is a crime difficult to detect without assistance from witnesses. Undercover police officers are also a common way to catch solicitors of prostitution.

Over Easter weekend in Tampa, a woman was arrested for trying to buy the services of a prostitute for her 80-year-old father. The supposed prostitute was actually an undercover cop.

The article below is from WPTV News Channel 5:

TAMPA – A 51-year-old woman tried to buy her 80-year-old father the services of a prostitute over Easter weekend, Tampa police said.

Police arrested the pair, who listed their hometown as Dubuque, Iowa, on Nebraska Avenue, an area of Tampa known for prostitution activity.

According to the arrest affidavit, 51-year-old Pia Kirchberg offered an undercover police officer $20 if she would have sex with Kirchberg’s elderly father.

Both Pia Kirchberg and 80-year-old Maurice Kirchberg were charged with soliciting for prostitution.

The father and daughter were among eight people arrested in the sex sting.

“Prostitution is illegal. It doesn’t matter how old you are,” said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. “If we catch you trying to solicit a prostitute you’re going to jail.”

Solicitation of Prostitution

Prostitution is defined as the act or practice of providing sexual services with another person in return for payment. Prostitution has been around for centuries and is one of the fastest growing crime industries, second only to the drug trade. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion. Prostitution is heavily prosecuted, as police believe that prostitutes use the money to fuel other illegal activities such as purchasing illegal narcotics.

Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with solicitation of prostitution, it is important that you immediately consult a criminal defense lawyer to help build your case. There are things you can do to help your situation – like take the PIPE class (Prostitution Impact Prevention Education program) developed in West Palm Beach to address the inequity in the prosecution of men and women arrested for solicitation for prostitution.

In any case, a criminal defense lawyer can answer your questions and help you build your defense. Your case can vary in severity depending on if it’s your first offense or not.

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