Online Prostitution & Solicitation
Baltimore Sex Crimes Attorneys Serving Annapolis, Bel Air & Maryland
With the advent of the internet, there has been a growing amount of police activity and prostitution stings. For last several years, the classified ads have served a valuable tool for law enforcement. Police will visit websites hoping to make a prostitution arrest. They will lure the individual to the room via texting, phone call, or email. As soon as you walk into the room, the conversation is made to help execute the sting, and an arrest is quickly made.
There is a definite grey area when it comes to adult advertising online. Most seems to revolve around keywords, such as adult services, but that can encompass anything from legitimate dating to allegations of sex trafficking. While you might have thought some activity on these advertising sites were perfectly legal, you may instead find yourself facing prostitution solicitation charges.
Prostitution & Solicitation
In Maryland, pandering, solicitation and prostitution or misdemeanors, but can carry serious consequences in addition to potential jail, probation, fines, and other ramifications. The charges quickly become far more serious when a minor is involved with any type of sex trafficking. If you are charged, your name, address, and other information will appear in a Maryland judiciary which is available to the general public and in court records.
The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates provide defense for:
- Street level prostitution
- Escort service solicitation and escort prostitution arrests
- Massage parlor service offered by independent providers and agencies
- Agencies and businesses accused of offering sexual services by the employees or associates
- Classified online prostitution
Prostitution arrests often result from internet and street sting operations. Undercover police posing as prostitutes lure would-be customers into situations where they can be charged with solicitation. A simple internet chat room conversation with someone posing as a minor can quickly result in charges that would require lifetime Maryland sex offender registration, even if no sex is involved. In cases like these is imported talk to a very experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorney before you attempt to explain your actions to police.