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Orlando Backpage Police Stings

backpage-adult.jpgLike everything else, the sex trade has changed with the growth of the internet. But one thing has not changed. There are men willing to pay for sex, and women willing to take their money. Come to think of it, there is another thing that hasn't changed. In most of the U.S., selling or buying sexual services is illegal.

Changing Industry

At one time you could look in the personal section of the newspaper. There would be ads for everything from people trying to find people they met once to prostitutes advertising a good time. Then newspapers started killing their personal sections because of the prostitution. Sex services, legal and not, moved on line with web sites and web cams. The personal ads moved to online classified sites like Craigslist and backpage. Craigslist no longer has personal ads, but backpage still has an active personals section - and the action includes backpage police stings with arrests and convictions.

Some Services Not Allowed

In Florida statute Title XLVI Chapter 796 covers prostitution. Section 796.07 covers most of the acts not involving minors. It says, in part, that prostitution is selling the body for sex and that it is illegal to make appointments for the purpose of prostitution or to engage in sexual activity with a prostitute.

Section 796.07 is the section covering most of the activity on backpage, and is what most of the backpage police stings in Florida use to catch prostitutes and johns. Another targeted group is unlicensed massage therapists - some of whom exchange sex for money. If you answer an ad for massage therapy and the therapist moves into forbidden territory, stop her immediately and tell her that is not what you paid for. When money is changing hands the mere act of touching genitals (or allowing them to be touched) is illegal and can lead to arrest.

Backpage Stings Are Widespread

Prostitution laws are fairly similar almost everywhere in the U.S. Some details may differ, but the gist is the same: backpage stings are happening around the country. People answer an ad, usually aware what they are paying for, and find themselves under arrest. In some states their pictures and names are put online for the world to see.

Prostitution is illegal in most of the U.S., and has been for a very long time. Protect yourself from the humiliation of arrest and public display. Do not solicit prostitutes on the streets or online. If you do, you may find yourself caught in a orlando backpage police sting. 

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