This past weekend Polk County Sheriff's Office conducted a sting operation that resulted in 61 arrests, including arrests for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution, as well as derriving proceeds from prostitution.
The sting was conducted online with officers posing as prostitues as well as potential 'clients.' Both of these crimes are misdemeanor criminal offenses carrying fines and possible jail time. For solicitation of prostitution, even a first time offender can be sentenced to pay up to a $5,000 fine.
If you are charged with a crime of this nature it is important to have an attorney on your case. An attorney may be able to help you avoid fines and/or imprisonment.
According to Sheriff Judd, “Human trafficking is a crime . . . we have found a direct nexus between prostitution and human trafficking, and we combat this crime by conducting undercover prostitution investigations. Whether it is on the street or online, prostitution, and the crimes it attempts to disguise, is illegal and we will continue to investigate and arrest those involved.”
Polk County takes these charges very seriously. So should you. Contact an experienced attorney today to set up a free consultation.