If I were a betting man, I would be willing to bet there is going to be an Internet prostitution sex sting in Sarasota this weekend. It is the fourth of July, the big boat race is on and there is lots of money in town. Alcohol will be flowing and drug use will be up. Combine money, drugs, celebration and alcohol and chances are a sex sting will be in the works.
Craigslist Casual encounters and Backpage.com are likely targets for police undercover stings. If a “john” or customer is arrested, and if the police can make it a felony, the vehicle can be seized and forfeited to the arresting agency. My prediction is that the police will be running the bait and switch on the hookup and prostitution sites and when someone bites, they will try and move the age down to make the potential hookup a felony. Also, to the extent that there are real pimps out there running underage girls, there is the potential for “human trafficking” arrests. Never have sex with anyone underage no matter how tempting they make it.
The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not violate the law. If you are looking for some casual sex in Sarasota this weekend, do not offer to pay for it. Stay off of Craigslist and Backpage. If you are offered sex for money, walk away. Chances are it is a cop. The “regulars” are hooking and walking 41 north of the boat ramp but my advice is stay away. God knows what you would catch in terms of STD’s anyway. The high end hookers will probably be working the high end hotel bars in the downtown area and escorts will be a dime a dozen. Do not let your Fourth of July be ruined by an arrest, particularly a felony arrest. If you drink, do not even think of getting behind the wheel this weekend. A DUI arrest will ruin your day. As a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer, all too often I see a live ruined by a bad decision. If you or a loved one gets arrested in Sarasota or Bradenton this weekend, and if you want the services of an experienced criminal lawyer call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506