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What To Do After Being Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution

prostitution-1_180x120-150x120According to My Fox Tampa Bay, 12 women were arrested in Lakeland Thursday for soliciting prostitution. The arrests were actually a result from residents calling in complaints about prostitution activity. Complaints are usually one of the most common ways arrests are made during prostitution stings.

The prostitution sting resulted in 12 arrests made by undercover Polk County detectives. Deputies report that eight of the 12 women arrested have already been charged with prostitution on at least three separate occasions. Those suspects were charged with third or subsequent offense to solicit prostitution.

“Our message is clear: to those who think prostitution is harmless or a ‘victimless crime’ – it is not,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement released by his office. “Many of these women we arrested have several other past offenses and prior arrests – they often prostitute themselves in order to purchase illegal narcotics, and they appear to have little respect for the laws that the rest of us obey.

“We will continue to put criminals like these behind bars and continue to get our message across that we will not tolerate crimes like these,” Judd added.

Solicitation of Prostitution

Prostitution is defined as the act or practice of providing sexual services with another person in return for payment. Persons who execute such activity are called prostitutes. 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.

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 through this process.

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