Super bowl Sunday 2020 is coming up this week and that means, nationwide, there will probably be multiple sex stings targeting escort services and people responding to escort sites. If this year is like the past years, law enforcement will try and lure buzzed partying fans with enticing escort promises. The Super bowl is in Florida this year and you can count on Grady Judd in Polk County to have his undercover detectives working the escort sites. In Florida there has already been an announcement that they will be targeting “human trafficking” which law enforcement equates to escort and sex sites.
The really sad thing is that in some of the stings, the undercover chatters will try and convert what is normally a misdemeanor (solicitation of prostitution) into a felony by telling the guy that the escort is under age (a minor). Just “chatting” on some of the sites can get you arrested for “Internet solicitation”. You don’t have to “travel” to get arrested. You can get arrested for just “fantasy chat” and “role play”.
The Internet is a dangerous place, and as a sex crime lawyer, I have found that in the 40 plus cases I have handled, many times the guy was under the influence of alcohol. Drinking and chatting on a dating or escort site can result in a person being arrested for just saying some stupid stuff. Remember this! If at any time the person you are chatting with even remotely hints that they are a minor or a child, immediately terminate all communication. The police undercover chatters will try and tempt you and get you engaged in explicit sex talk and then try and talk you into traveling to a takedown site just like you see on the former TV show “To Catch a Predator”. The truth is that in these times, the police are the predators.
In Florida law enforcement has also made a full court press on child pornography cases. Here in Sarasota and Manatee County, the State attorney’s office has gone all out in seeking life sentences on men for simply looking at a video. Here in Sarasota, the State always files 40 counts of second degree felonies running the sentencing guidelines to life in prison. Never, no never, even out of curiosity download a picture or video of a child engaged in sex. If you are on the Internet, you have to know what you are downloading. Never uses any type of peer to peer file sharing application. If you do, law enforcement can come into your computer without your knowledge and extract stuff. When you are not home, shut your computer down. Never let anybody use your computer, including relatives and friends. To be safe, if you have WiFi, make sure it is password protected and don’t give anyone your password.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so don’t be tempted to do anything remotely illegal with a minor. Have a safe and happy Super Bowl.
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