Craigslist Police Entrapment Information

As a criminal lawyer who practices in Orlando and Central Florida. I have handled many prostitution, assignation, and solicitation cases. I am constantly questioned by escorts who may or may not engage in prostitution the following question: DID THE POLICE ENTRAP ME?

Escort Entrapment

If an escort does post an ad on Craigslist with a few photos and some suggested language, the defense of entrapment has been severely compromised.

It is becoming increasingly popular for escorts to post ads on the website Craigslist under erotic services to offer dates of companionship to males in Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, and Volusia counties. Many of the individuals seeking these services are business men on travel and local guys looking to satisfy certain needs.

For instance, from my experience as a sex crimes defense lawyer here in Central Florida, I have many escort clients who got arrested after a sting operation where they listed their services for hire on Craigslist. They often posted naked or scantily clad pictures of themselves in suggestive poses, or in many instances they described in particular their services utilizing coded language such as GFE, hugs and kisses, and travel to exotic destinations among other language.

Craigslist Prostitution Stings

These women who post ads will normally end up getting a call from undercover cops on Craigslist who are posing as a men trying to utilize their services. The escorts will show up at a hotel, enter the undercover agent's room and engage in a conversation that ultimately leads to a discussion about sex and money. The escort will then get arrested for the charges of solicitation, assignation, or commission of prostitution. In many instances the police have either video taped, recorded, or transcribed the encounter.

In a nutshell, if you are posting ads under the erotic services on Craigslist that display pictures of yourself and/or services you are offering, it is quite difficult then to claim that the police "made you do it," because the defense of police entrapment is from a jury's perspective is that the police engaged in behavior that caused you as a private citizen to commit a criminal act you normally would otherwise not engage in.

I could go on specifically about the Florida entrapment laws detailing both objective and subjective entrapment, but it is sufficient to say that if you are engaging in prostitution or escort activities and you are posting nude or scantily clad suggestive pictures of yourself on the internet and describe the services that you offer it will be very difficult to convince a judge or jury later on that the police entrapped you or made you commit a crime that you would not normally engage in.

Have You Been Caught in a Craigslist Sting?

If you've been arrested for being an escort who has posted on Craig's list or a man who's utilized Craig's list services and finds himself in trouble with the law, please contact the experienced Orlando Craig's List police entrapment defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm today at (407) 228-3838.

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