Trump Signs New Law Targeting the Sex Trade

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
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April 13 2018

On Wednesday, the President signed into law the“Fosta” Bill imposing criminal penalties on Internet companies permitting prostitution ads on their sites.

This comes just seven days after the executives at Backpage.com were raided and arrested. Some are already entering guilty pleas in multiple State and Federal prosecutions. For Backpage, it was a 100 million dollar business. There are some good and bad things about the law. Craigslist has already taken down their “personals” section. This is going to take a huge bite out the ability of prostitutes to ply their trade via the Internet. This is also going to take away a huge tool used by law enforcement to identify human traffickers and people who have an interest in sex with children. The law in one respect is good, but in another bad in that it takes away the ability of law enforcement to track and identify pedophiles.

I have advocated for the legalization of prostitution in Florida. That would be a far better solution. Prostitution will never stop. It is the world’s oldest profession. Sensible regulation as opposed to criminalization, in my opinion, is a better solution.

The “Fosta” law will now be used to next target the “Escort” business here in Sarasota. Go online now and click on “Sarasota Escort” and see how many sites are up. My bet is that in thirty days, 90% of them will be gone. The “escorts” will now go to the social media dating sites and the dark web to place their advertisements. They will not go away, they will just be harder to find. This is going to push the prostitutes back into the bars and on the streets. It actually makes their business more dangerous. My prediction is that in the short term there will be a flood of high end prostitutes in the high end bars like the Ritz. Time will tell.

Feds Targeting Internet Sex Sites 2018

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The FBI has raided the owners of Backpage.com and shut them down under the new law. Craigslist has taken down the personal sections like Casual Encounters. Escort sites are next on the target list to be shut down. Prostitution is going to be forced back onto the streets. My prediction is that this new law is going to backfire and make it more difficult for law enforcement to identify people who commit sex trafficking with children. Backpage.com was the number one source used by law enforcement to target human traffickers. Casual Encounters on Craigslist was the number one site used by undercover police chatters trying to identify pedophiles. The new statute is going to make it more difficult to enforce existing laws. Where will the millions of prostitutes go now?

The solution or at least a great first step in solving human trafficking would have been to legalize prostitution. It is already legal is some locations. The answer is reasonable regulation, not banning the worlds oldest profession. Prostitution has been with us throughout all of recorded history. The new law will bring back the era of the pimp. It will put women back in bars and back walking the streets. The better solution would be legalized and regulated houses for prostitution and have the prostitutes get regular medical exams, and provide a safe place for consensual sex.

There is a huge problem with the new law. It provides Ex Post Facto punishment. The new law specifically states that it shall apply regardless of whether the conduct alleged occurred, or is alleged to have occurred, before, on, or after such date of enactment. In other words, it purports to make something a crime, even if it occurred before the law was passed. That can never hold up constitutionally. The Feds are now in the business of enforcing prostitution laws. As a sex crime lawyer and an ex Federal Prosecutor and ex Federal Agent, I see the writing on the wall. This is similar to prohibition and we all know how that ended. Federal authorities are going to have a field day going after escort sites. Prostitution will be forced back into the shadows and in the long run, this will be worse for women. This is just another misguided law by misguided legislators.

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The Sheriff in Polk has just announced another 16 arrests in the latest sex sting captioned Operation Cyber Guardian. These cases may be the last remnants from Craigslist Casual Encounters, the personal section now taken down by Craigslist. Many of the arrests over the last ten years are the result of undercover detectives posing as adults on Craigslist and then when people respond, changing the age to 14 or 15. It is going to become tougher and tougher for the police to entrap people as the sex hookup sites are taken down as a result of the new laws. The police are going to have to change tactics and switch to the cell phone applications that match purportedly consenting adults for sexual encounters

For some reason, in Polk County, the detectives are successful in drawing people from outside the County to come into the County to hook up with teenage girls. After hundreds of arrests, the men seem to fall for the same pitch over and over. Here is the reality. There are no 14 and 15 year old girls that want to have sex with older guys. It is always a cop. There are no 14 and 15 year old girls that want some older guy to teach them. It is always a cop. Here is another common thread. One fourth of the men asked the undercover chatters are you a cop. There is a misconception that the police have to answer that question truthfully. They do not. That is why they call them undercover cops. The undercover chatters usually respond back well, are you a cop and for some reason the guys buy it and continue to chat and travel. In most of the cases, the undercover chatter will ask the suspect to bring protection. That is so they can use it as evidence that the person was actually coming to have sex. In many of the cases, the undercover chatters will ask the suspect to bring candy or something to drink. Here is the bottom line. Never travel to meet a minor.for anythingmuch less sex. Never send a penis pic to anyone, whether they are an adult or a child. Never even hint to a child that you are interested in sex. Dont even think about it, much less talk about it. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

As a sex crime lawyerI see hundreds of guys ruining their lives forever with sex crime convictions. Can youimagine your life as a registered sex offender? Can you imagine doing five years in prison for chatting or sending a pic?

Charges inOperation Cyber Guardian include:

USE COMPUTER SERV TO SEDUCE, SOLICIT ETC CHILD 847.0135.3

TRAVEL TO MEET AFTER USE COMPUT TO LURE CHILD 847.0135.4A

ATTEMPT LEWD OR LASC BATT:ENGAGE IN SEX ACT VICT 12-16 800.04.4A1

TRANS INFO HARMFUL TO MINOR (DEF IN STATE) 847.0138.2

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Is this the end of Internet Sex Stings?

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The new legislation is going to take a giant bite out of the ICAC sex sting operations by local police. The police were the ones posting most of the phony ads. My prediction is that now law enforcement is going to target the escort sites going after the businesses that post ads for prostitutes. The new legislation is really going to hurt the thousands of women who provided sex for money. Their number one site for posting their wares has now gone down. What will replace Craigslist personals? Someone is going to step in and fill that void. The very simple answer would be to legalize and regulate prostitution. Men have been paying women for sex in one way or another for all of recorded history. It will not stop it and making it illegal only creates a market for illegal human trafficking. Good example, there would be no Mexican Cartels if marijuana had been legalized 50 years ago. Making some things illegal only creates a greater demand. The police can go back to the street hooker stings like the ones they run here on S.R. 41 but that will not touch the higher class prostitutes who were working the Internet.

My prediction is that over the next few months many of the escort site providers are going to have to find a loophole or face prosecution themselves. Until then, where are the police going to run the stings. My prediction is that you will see an increase in child pornography stings. Never respond to anything that even remotely hints at images of an underage person. My advice is to never use any type of peer to peer viewing application. Do not even use it for music or even legitimate types of file sharing. If you use a peer to peer program in your computer, the police can come into your computer without your knowledge. The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. Do not be curious! Curiosity killed the cat. Do not be tempted!Giving in to temptation can land you in prison. If something is illegal and you feel a compulsion to do it, get psychological help before it is too late. Many people look at child porn because as children, they were victims. Do not spend your life in prison over looking at pictures.

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Craigslist Casual Encounter taken down..Finally

Peter D Aiken
The Sex Offender Defender
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March 24 2018

Where did Craigslist personals and casual encounters go?

In response to the latest action in Congress, Craigslist has finally taken down the personals section including Casual Encounters. Had this been done years ago, it would have saved many men from becoming registered sex offender. For a decade, the police undercover chatters have been posting misleading ads in Craigslist personals. The police would post in the women for men section and in the men for men section first pretending to be over 18. When men would respond, the undercover chatters would change the age, then pretending to be young girls 13, 14 and 15. Thousands of men have been arrested and had their lives destroyed by these entrapment schemes. You may know someone who got arrested and faced a similar situation. Had this been done ten years ago, many men would never have been convicted and would never have become registered sex offenders.

The new law makes the providers liable criminally and any of them with any sense will now back off and shut down the personals. This is a death knell for the providers that provide services to the prostitutes. What the legislators really need to do is legalize prostitution. The true way to stop human trafficking is to legalize it and control it. Who would take their chances with a drug infected street hooker, if they could lawfully go to a regulated an approved licensed house of prostitution? As a sex crime lawyer, I have handled approximately four dozen Internet Sex Sting cases and almost everyone one of them began on Craigslist, Backpage or Meetme.com

This is going to take a bite out of the police ICAC chatters prosecution rate. Where do the police now go? The police will now target the telephone applications and other dating applications. Law enforcement has already started running child pornography stings. Is the FBI-ICAC task force putting out links to child porn and then arresting people who respond out of curiosity? We are coming into an entire new era for the police. Their tool is being taken away. Casual Encounters is done! The government can totally shut down child pornography. All they have to do is pass a law requiring Internet servers and providers to block the known videos and images when they are transmitted. Times are changing for everyone.

Fourteen More Arrested in Sex Sting in Putnam County

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March 2018

“Operation Be Mine” in Putnam Co

No matter how many times you see the news flashes on television about the Internet sex stings, men continue to fall for the pitch and continue to get arrested for soliciting minors. Sex is a powerful instinctive force. The law however is the law. It is against the law to have sex with anyone under the age of 16, and if you are over 24, the minimum age is 17. Men still fall for the online undercover chatter pitch month after months. Here is the reality guys.

If there is an ad on the Internet using the word “taboo”, it is an undercover police officer.
If there is an ad where a purported relative wants someone to have sex with their daughter, niece or nephew, it is the police.
If there is an ad where some young girl is looking for an older guy to teach her about sex, it is the police

Here are some golden rules to live by. The best way to not get arrested is simple. Do not violate the law. Never travel to meet anyone under 21 just to be safe. Demand proof of age. Do not assume that if they are on Craigslist or any other site they are over 18. Demand proof of age, not just what they say, demand actual proof. Be careful about meeting anyone you talk to on the Internet. It could be a robbery, a shakedown or some type of extortion.
Here is another golden rule. Never send a penis pic to anyone, even an adult over the Internet. As a sex crime lawyer, time after time, I see guys arrested for transmitting a dick pic to an undercover detective claiming to be some young girl or guy. If you are gay, you are a target for police undercover sex stings. The cops pose as twinks over 18 and then do the bait and switch claiming to be 13 or 14. If you ever are chatting with anyone and they mention 13, 14 or 15, terminate the chat immediately and flag the posting. The police are also using the dating applications that automatically match up strangers. They then throw out the age at 13, 14, or 15. Do not get sucked in by curiosity.

Curiosity killed the cat and it will land you in jail.
Do not become a registered sex offender for life.
Do not end up on sex offender probation.

Remember the old TV drug ads that said “just say no”? If it is a minor, “JUST SAY NO”
The best way not to need a bondsman or to need me is to JUST SAY NO. The secret to not needing a lawyer like me is to simply not give in to temptation and resist the urge to chat with anyone underage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And oh, by the way, it is an absolute myth that cops have to tell you they are a cop if you ask them. That is not true. I don’t know why people believe that. They don’t call them “undercover cops” for nothing.
If you have been arrested for traveling to meet a minor or Internet solicitation, there may be valid defenses to the charge. It may be entrapment. The police may have violated the constitution.

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Why Are the Internet Sex Stings still up and Running?

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
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The reason is because they are still working. Men are still being tempted, and continuing to be curious when the police run the “teaser” posts on Craigslist Casual Encounters and the other social media sites. Curiosity killed the cat and curiosity can get you arrested and land you in State prison. The latest teaser post used by law enforcement is a reverse psychology “warning” where the undercover chatters put up a post on Craigslist “warning” people that “the girl is not real” or that “the girl is underage, so don’t call it”. Incredibly some people will respond to this and contact the “minor” direct. It makes it difficult, but not impossible, to raise a defense when the post the person responds to is a warning saying “don’t do it”

The undercover ICAC chatters are also still constantly running the Sex Sting where they claim to be a relative, a mother, a father, an Uncle or an Aunt who has a teenager who needs “experience” or needs to be taught something sexual. This is always a police undercover trap. No parent or relative ever wants their child to be taught anything sexual by a stranger. Think about that. Teenagers nowadays don’t need to be taught anything about sex. There are no virgin girls out there that need anything from an older man. Simply responding out of curiosity can get you arrested, prosecuted and put away in prison. The best way to stay out of jail is to not commit a crime. Don’t even think about responding to this type of pitch. More importantly, don’t even for a second think about having sex with anyone under 18. That’s correct, I said 18, not 17. It is unlawful for a man over 24 to have sex with a seventeen year old.
They don’t call it jail bait for nothing. Here is the real shocker. Did you know that now almost thirty percent of teenage girls engage in “sexting” where they send inappropriate naked sexual pics to their boyfriends? Did you know that possessing such a pic or forwarding such a pic can get you convicted of child pornography? We live in a dangerous world where it is easy in a moment of weakness or curiosity to do something stupid. Think twice. If something sounds illegal or immoral, don’t do it. Feeling guilty about something is nothing more than conscience, about an hour too late.

As a sex crime lawyer I have seen men’s lives turned upside down from a single mistake in a moment of weakness

Time for another Green Shepherd Sex Sting

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Valentines day special.Talk to a cop and get arrested

Manatee County Sheriffs office has not run an Internet sex sting now in some time. Another sting is overdue. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. Never engage in any type of texting with anyone underage. Do not assume that if they have an ad on an adult site that they are an adult. Never send a penis pic to anyone, much less a person that even remotely hints they are underage. If you are chatting online, and the person all of a sudden changes age, and claims to be underage, terminate all conversation and flag the ad. Everyone has an obligation to keep real kids out of adult sites and if a person you are chatting with even suggests they are a minor stop all communication and report them

There is a scam being run on the adult sites. A person posing as a woman will engage you in chat. They will get you to send a penis pic. You will then get a text, or a call if they have your phone number, from a man posing as a police detective. He will confront you and tell you that you have sent an obscene pic to a minor. He will try and convince you that by sending money you can have your case resolved with some type of program or diversion. This is nothing but a money hustle. This is not a policeman.It is a scammer
In the last year, there is a new tactic being used by ICAC chatters. The police will post a warning on Craigslist saying dont call this number, she is only 13. The posting will hint that a mother, an uncle or other relative wants someone to teach the young girl. Sadly, sometimes out of pure curiosity a man will respond and be tricked into chatting or traveling to meet a minor. As a sex sting lawyer, I have seen hundreds of postings by law enforcement, many of which are pure entrapment. Do not be weak. Never, no never, chat with a minor. There is no such thing as innocent chat and it will ultimately lead to your arrest. Dont let curiosity get the best of you. Curiosity killed the cat and curiosity will land you in State prison.

Some people engage in fantasy chat or role playing online. This is what years ago the phone sex operators would get you to do paying for it minute by minute. Fantasy is OK. Talking dirty is ok.butNever with a minor. You can end up getting arrested for even fantasy chat or role play if the person you are chatting with is an undercover chatter and if they have claimed to be underage. Here are some important things to know so you dont accidently violate the law.

There are no young girls on the Internet that need someone to teach them about sex

There are no moms, dads, uncles or aunts that need someone to teach their kid about sex

There are no young guys that are curious that need an older guy to show them anything

On Craigslist Casual EncountersDont believe anything you see

They dont call it Jail Bait for nothing. Sex with a minor equals time in prison

False Accusations by Students and Relatives

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November 4 2017

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If you are a teacher, a foster parent or stepfather, you are at risk of being falsely accused of a sex crime.

We live in a world where because of television programs, everyone assumes that an accusation by a child is the truth. In many instances, it is not. The problem we have is that many detectives blindly assume that the minor is telling the truth. As a sex crime lawyer, I deal daily with kids making false accusations. It can be out of anger at a stepfather or resentment of a teacher. The simple truth is, some kids lie, and they lie convincingly. The huge problem is that many detectives, because they deal over and over with real true allegations, are conditioned to believe that all accusations are true. False accusation cases can be successfully defended, particularly if they are investigated before charges are filed. If you are falsely accused, speak with a qualified sex crime lawyer immediately, before you get arrested.

Not all lawyers are experienced in defending sexual battery cases.

Many lawyers simply do not want to handle those types of cases. In defending sex crimes for over thirty years, I have found teenage girls to be a huge problem when it comes to being truthful. For example, if they are living with a stepfather, and want mom to get back together with dad, all they have to do is make an unfounded accusation against the stepfather and DCF and detectives get involved. It gets the stepfather kicked out of the house immediately. The teenage girl becomes the focus of everyone’s attention, including her biological dad. Everyone immediately presumes her to be a poor victim of sexual abuse. She gets everyone’s immediate attention.

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The consequences of a false accusation are huge. If convicted, a person becomes a registered sex offender for life. A person can spend years in prison for something they did not do.

Teachers are often immediately suspended during an investigation, even before the truth is known. Not all lawyers know how to deal with these situations. For example, some lawyers will let their clients be interviewed by law enforcement, before they know the real facts. It is not an admission of guilt to “lawyer up” immediately. It may be the best decision you ever made in your life. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Most good lawyers, including myself, will offer a free consultation. If you are contacted by law enforcement, politely say, “I would like to talk to a lawyer before answering questions”. Do not be lulled into a false sense of confidence by a slick detective telling you “this will only take a minute”. Never go to the police station unrepresented. The detectives will often have the alleged victim make a “controlled” recorded call where the young lady or young man tries to get a person to admit over the phone to improper contact.

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Can you get arrested for simply chatting online?

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The answer to that is yes! Law enforcement is getting more aggressive and now arresting more and more men for simply chatting or texting with undercover detectives in the Internet sex stings.

In the past, the police were only arresting men they could tempt into traveling to meet a minor for sex. In the past year, fewer and fewer men have fallen for the bait and switch, and fewer men have actually gotten in their car and driven to the take down houses and other locations to get arrested. With the falling number of arrests, now the various Sheriff’s departments are actually arresting men for simply chatting with fictitious underage girls or boys. You can actually get arrested for fantasy chat in situations where nothing is real. You can be arrested and prosecuted for simply talking about sex with a minor, much less actually doing it. We now have “thought police” that will arrest you for talking dirty on the Internet. Is local law enforcement that desperate to get the Federal ICAC grant money?

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The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

If you are in an adult dating site, or using an adult dating application on your smart phone, and the other party at any time even remotely suggests they are underage, terminate the conversation and flag the posting. If it was a real minor, you have done the right thing in keeping a minor off the Internet. Most of the time, the police are trolling in adult sites at first pretending to be an adult. If in any conversation you see or hear “sorry, I lied, I’m really only 14” or “I am too young to drive” or “I am in middle school”, immediately stop communicating and flag the posting. Once again, if it was a real minor, you have done the right thing. One of the common law enforcement ploys is the one where they pretend to be a single mom, looking for someone to teach their daughter. No mother in her right mind would ever post anything like that. Never, no never, communicate with anyone pretending to be a mother or father. These posts are simply not real and you can get arrested for simply chatting about sex with a minor.

Don’t even think about it!

The police are getting more and more desperate to keep the arrest statistics up and getting more and more aggressive in the chats. There are no 14 or 15 year old girls who want some older guy to teach them about sex. Don’t fool yourself….it is never real. Don’t even think about it, much less talk about it. You will not end up in fantasy jail, you will end up in a real one. The other poly is for undercover chatters to ask for a “pic” hoping you will send a “dick pic”. Sending this type of ”pic” to detective pretending to be a minor is a crime. I have seen cases where the “pic” is sent before age is mentioned and then the detectives lie and say they are 14 or 15 and try and get the person to send it again. Never send any inappropriate “Pic” to a minor.

It seems to me that we have enough real crime and police resources could be better spent arresting people for real crime, not creating crimes with entrapment techniques. The police will not stop the sex stings until the sex stings stop working. It looks like that will never happen.

I have handled dozens of these cases all over Florida and some are defensible. Before you plea your case with a public defender, and end up being a registered sex offender, you might want to consider private representation.

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