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.
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 legalizeprostitution. The true way to stop human traffickingis 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 InternetSex 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.
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.
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