Feds Targeting Internet Sex Sites 2018

Attorney Peter D Aiken
Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft Myers 239-334-8890

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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Another 2015 Internet Sex Sting in Boynton Beach Florida

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Another Internet Sex Sting in Boynton Beach Florida
A sixty four year old retired educator was arrested in Palm Beach County by the Boynton Beach police and charged with a number of Internet sex offenses. The police claim he was chatting with and undercover cop posing as a fifteen year old boy. They claim that the chats had been going on for quite a while culminating in a meeting and arrest.
The problem with the Internet is that you cannot believe anything you see or read. Half the time the person you are chatting with is not real or not who they claim to be. You have adult men pretending to be younger. You have You have adult men pretending to be younger. You cannot believe photographs or pics that are sent. There is no way to tell what is real and what is not. Often men are lured to a meeting and when they show up they are arrested. Curiosity killed the cat. Just showing up does not mean you actually intended to engage in sex. When it comes to “sexting”, the photographs may or not be real and may or may not be photos of the person actually sending them. I once represented a man who was depicted lying on the beach with a large flesh colored rubber penis hanging out of his bathing suit. In a photograph it would appear to be real, but in reality, it was a fake.
As a sex crime lawyer, I have seen it all. As it becomes harder are harder for the police to set up stings on heterosexual men, they have begun to target gay men on Adam4Adam, Backpage.com, Badoo.com and Meetme.com. The internet tasks forces are now moving into the less known gay dating sites. The internet tasks forces are now moving into the less known gay dating sites. Each case is different but generally the core issue is “who is doing the seducing”. Who is doing the “luring and enticing”. Some of these cases have valid defenses. Did the undercover officer ask for a dirty “pic”? Did the police solicit the sexual conduct or content. If arrested in a internet underage sex sting or child pornography sex sting, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation