Hillsborough Human Trafficking Stings destroys lives

It is time for legalized regulated prostitution

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Law enforcement continues to create human trafficking cases in Tampa.  Is it really human trafficking, or are the police creating crimes with outrageous entrapment techniques?

In recent Tampa and Brandon cases, Detectives first post on common escort sites, pretending to be adult prostitutes.  The police are actually soliciting for prostitution offering what initially they represent as adult women to engage in sexual activity for money.  When guys call in, they change the age, then claiming that the prostitute is actually 17 years old.  In doing so, the police  elevate what would normally be a misdemeanor, to a felony human trafficking charge, potentially carrying a life sentence.  In recent cases, the female detectives posted videos on Instagram, scantily clad, in sexual poses, encouraging guys to come and engage in sex for money.

In almost every one of the cases, there is no human trafficking victim, and it is a female detective, pretending to be an underage prostitute.  This enables the detectives to turn a misdemeanor into a major felony making the men arrested face decades in prison, and life long sex offender registration.  Law enforcement is actually creating a felony by engaging in what appears to be illegal conduct,  solicitation for prostitution.

Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession.  It has been around since the beginning of time.  It is true, that in some instances, women are taken advantage of by human traffickers that trick them into prostitution lifestyles.  Many are from foreign countries and are trafficked in involuntary servitude by violent pimps and gangs.  They are truly the victims of human trafficking.

There are however many adult women however that have chosen this lifestyle because of the lucrative money they can make as a “working girl” in just a few hours.  Many women have chosen the worlds oldest profession rather than work at regular jobs.  Life is about choices.

The answer to stopping human trafficking is to legalize prostitution and regulate it, like all of the other vices, such as smoking, drinking and drugs.  Prostitution will never be stopped or ceased to exist.  If there were legitimate facilities that offered prostitution, it would put the human traffickers out of business.

 A good example is the Florida lottery.  Before the Florida lottery, there was the old illegal “numbers game” where people could play a number and bet a two, three or four digit number based on a number from the Cuban Lottery or some other random number that could not be manipulated.  Then came the Florida lottery and it put the illegal lottery out of business.

If a man could go to a legitimate prostitution facility, where the women are medically tested, where they did not have to fear getting robbed or mugged, where the girls are clean and drug free, no one would even think of going to an illegal human trafficking operation. 

Here is the simple truth.  Some men are insecure and lack the social skills to get laid.  Some men are workaholics and lack the time to engage in a relationship.  Some men don’t want to lie to a woman about love or their affection just to engage in sex.  Prostitution fulfills a “need” in society and has been around since the beginning of time.  In most of the civilized world it is accepted and tolerated.

The answer to stopping human trafficking is to create a legal alternative (just as we have done with the illegal gambling and with marijuana). 

As a criminal defense lawyer, and (former federal agent), I have seen this from both sides.  There are some activities that cannot be stopped, and a far better solution, it to make the activity safer and better regulated.  Prostitution even predates human development.  Female chimpanzees even traded sex for food and protection

The human trafficking stings are well intended, but totally ineffective, and worse yet, destroy lives.  A man, simply seeking a sexual encounter, can end up being in prison for years, can end up being a registered sex offender for life, can end up being a convicted felon, all because he answered an escort ad run by the Hillsborough Sheriff’s office.

The police need to be concentrating on real crime, not creating crime.  If you saw the Instagram videos the detectives placed to lure men, you would be shocked.  A video with a female detective posing on a bed in black panties with the caption “Who wants a biteee”  is not legitimate law enforcement.

Over the years, as a defense attorney, I have defended both prostitutes as well as the “johns” that pay them for sex.  As a sex crime lawyer, I have watched the laws get harsher and the harm get greater for those arrested.  As a sex sting lawyer, I have represented over fifty men arrested in sex stings.  In almost every one of those cases, the man was not looking for a minor a child.  It was classic bait and switch by law enforcement and the police arrested “weak” and “insecure men”, who had no intention of hooking up with a minor, until the police suggested and pitched it.

The public needs to learn the truth about what law enforcement and the State Attorneys Office is doing in these types of cases.

Legitimate legalized prostitution is the answer

Date Rape….or is it really?

State and Federal Sex Crime Criminal Defense
Sarasota: 941-366-3506
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January 2017

Single men live in dangerous times.

A hookup on the Internet can end up with an arrest for date rape when the sex was absolutely one hundred percent consensual. There is a double standard. Most detectives start their investigation assuming that the woman is telling the truth. They believe that the man has to prove he is innocent. I am handling more and more cases recently where a woman, the next day, makes a false accusation. Two people may get stone drunk and end up having sex. Detectives assume it is the man’s fault and he should know better than to have sex with an intoxicated woman. What happened to “equality” and “women’s rights”. Who is to say that it was not the woman taking advantage of the man? When it comes to sex, people should take responsibility for their own actions and bad choices.

January 2017

Single men live in dangerous times.

A hookup on the Internet can end up with an arrest for date rape when the sex was absolutely one hundred percent consensual. There is a double standard. Most detectives start their investigation assuming that the woman is telling the truth. They believe that the man has to prove he is innocent. I am handling more and more cases recently where a woman, the next day, makes a false accusation. Two people may get stone drunk and end up having sex. Detectives assume it is the man’s fault and he should know better than to have sex with an intoxicated woman. What happened to “equality” and “women’s rights”. Who is to say that it was not the woman taking advantage of the man? When it comes to sex, people should take responsibility for their own actions and bad choices.

If the man secretly drugs her with a date rape drug, that is different. But if they are both drinking or stoned, why is it the man’s fault? I have had cases where both parties were so drunk that neither one can remember what they did or didn’t do. If two people meet at a singles bar and end up sleeping together, why is it that everyone assumes that it is the man’s fault. The real problem arises with age. More and more teenagers are having sex at an even earlier age. High school kids now are having sex. Middle school kids sometimes engage in sex. If your son is accused by another teenager it is a problem. The police assume it is the boys fault and many times, that is simply not true. Young women (teenage girls) do in fact seduce boys their age. They send them texts with sexually explicit pictures of their boobs and sometimes their vagina. Girls do chase boys and to assume that is the boys fault is a mistake. The police and the prosecutors should keep an open mind. As a criminal defense lawyer, in defending a false sex crime arrest, it is critical to preserve the texts and Facebook chat. The woman or girl may erase it, so getting to it early is critical. The same goes for adults. Here in Sarasota, there are some predatory women that hang out at some of the high end bars. Getting “shaken down” for money after a night of consensual (or you thought so) sex can happen. Married men are particularly susceptible to blackmail. I defended a man once that had sex with a young woman, an adult. The mother contacted him later claiming the girl was underage and shook him down for thousands before he came to me. It was an Internet based shakedown from one of the Craigslist dating hookups.
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Feds Bust Thai Human Trafficking Ring

Experienced Sex Crime Defense Attorneys Peter D Aiken : Sarasota 941-366-3506 Sean O'Halloran : Ft Myers 239-334-8890 Andrew Banyai : Punta Gorda 941-639-6009
Experienced Sex Crime Defense Attorneys
Peter D Aiken : Sarasota 941-366-3506
Sean O’Halloran : Ft Myers 239-334-8890
Andrew Banyai : Punta Gorda 941-639-6009

In Minnesota and across the United States, Federal authorities made dozens of arrests of a Thailand based human trafficking ring. Hundreds of Thai women were lured here with false promises of a future in the modeling or escort business. They literally became sex slaves in bondage to pay for their transportation and in some cases breast augmentations. Local law enforcement in Minneapolis picked up on the unusual number of Thai women being moved around. Some of the traffic was on Backpage.com and the investigation led to the arrest of some of the facilitators including “house bosses” and the people who set up the travel.

Prostitution here is Sarasota is a little different, and you do not see a great number of Asian prostitutes. You do see a Russian and Eastern European influence in the “high end” sex for money trade. As a criminal defense lawyer, I am in favor of legalizing prostitution. The police will never stop it. It has been around throughout all of recorded history. A far better approach would be to legalize it and require licenses with medical exams. For some women, it is a conscious choice of a way to make a living. Many women, contrary to public opinion, are not forced into prostitution. This is particularly true in this the age of the Internet. I would rather see the police dealing with violent crime and terrorists than targeting women who for whatever reason have chosen to pursue the sex for money option.

Many professional men are workaholics and married to their jobs and careers. They, for whatever reason, do not have the time or inclination to become involved in a long term relationships. The same goes for women. It is hypocritical for them to meet women and pretend to want a relationship when all they desire is sex. Men wanting sex is 100% normal. If two consenting adults want to engage in a consensual relationship, even if money is involved, why is it a crime? In many civilized countries, prostitution is tolerated. Here, the laws do not match reality and the police, when business is slow, conduct token stings, solely for publicity.

We need the courage to change the laws and make fewer things a crime

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