Prostitution isn’t only the “oldest profession,” it is also a commonly prosecuted crime in Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and throughout the State of Florida. Indeed, in tourist friendly South Florida, prostitution exists in various forms, from “street-walking” and “massage parlors,” to high-end escort services.
All of these activities, which involve a transaction between two consenting adults for the purposes of sexual activity, are criminal. What is more, prosecution for committing an act of prostitution doesn’t only carry serious criminal liability, but it also may cause embarrassment and damage to one’s reputation. In fact, the West Palm Beach City Commission has suggested instituting a shaming campaign of individuals accused of solicitation of prostitution.
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Prostitution is defined as the “giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire, but excludes sexual activity between spouses.” The legal definition of sexual activity is broad enough to encompass behavior short of sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is not uncommon for local law enforcement to vigorously prosecute men who visit “massage parlors,” where there may never have been a transaction for the purpose of sexual intercourse.
Depending upon the charge, a defendant may face up to 15 years in prison for certain acts of prostitution.
The two most common charges associated with prostitution are offer to commit prostitution and soliciting another to commit prostitution. Often, law enforcement will deploy undercover officers to act as prostitutes on the street and on the internet, where they then arrest unsuspecting “Johns” for solicitation. Soliciting another to commit prostitution is a second degree misdemeanor for the first offense, punishable by up to 60 days in jail. A second or subsequent conviction is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
Law enforcement also charge men with solicitation and/or committing prostitution for visiting “massage parlors,” if the massage includes sexual activity. Law enforcement in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County routinely conduct surveillance on suspected “massage parlors,” in which they not only prosecute the individuals running the parlor, but also the men who pay for the parlor’s services.
Weston criminal defense attorney Kevin F. Moot is a former sex crimes prosecutor from the Palm Beach County Special Victims Unit, where he focused on sex crimes litigation. Mr. Moot has extensive experience handling prostitution litigation, including investigations into suspected “massage parlors.”
Mr. Moot understands the sensitivity associated with allegations of prostitution and the necessity of quickly and efficiently defending against criminal accusations. Call our Broward County criminal defense lawyer now at (954) 371-0770.