February 7 2017
It is that time of year again.
Valentines is only days away and in the past, this has been the time of year the police run their Internet sex stings.
They are doing things a little different now. In the past, they stalked Craigslist casual encounters. Since the arrests have been falling off, they now are actually contacting people on the phone applications and dating sites. PlentOfish.com is one of the prime targets. Even if a person posts as an adult looking for an adult, the police try and pull the bait and switch. My advice is to totally avoid the Internet dating sites. Nothing on the Internet is true. Everyone lies about who they are, what they want and in particular, their age. Men pretend to be women. Women pretend to be something other than what they are. Cops pretend to be a legit date.
If anyone even ever remotely suggests they are underage, flag their ad or post and walk away. Everyone should to their part to keep kids off the Internet and flagging someone that claims they are a minor is a good start. Never, no never chat or text with anyone claiming to be 13 or 14 years old. Never, no never send a penis pic to anyone. Your penis isn’t that pretty and you run the risk of getting scammed or arrested. Nothing good comes of seeing your penis on the Internet, ever. If you are straight, chances are you are actually texting or emailing with a gay guy, not some woman or girl. If you are gay, you are likely being targeted by the cops and they will try and trick you into traveling to meet a minor. The best way to not get arrested for Internet solicitation is to simply not chat with anyone absent proof of age. Everyone lies about age. Demand to see a photo ID before meeting with anyone. The Internet is a dangerous place and men are getting robbed, shot and killed showing up to meet what they think are prostitutes.
Nothing is real on the Internet….Nothing.
When the cops lie on the Internet, there is no consequence.
If you lie, your lie can get you arrested.
If you chat with a minor, even if you are lying, you put yourself at risk.
If you are reading this too late and need to talk to a sex crime lawyer, feel free to call me for a free confidential consultation at941 366 3506 in Sarasota or 239 334 8890 in Ft Myers or Cape Coral.