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Prostitution Crimes in Pasco County, FL

Many crimes for prostitution-related offenses have moved online. Although Backpage was shut down, other online websites are used by those in the sex industry to market their services. Law enforcement officers in Pasco County, FL, have also moved their criminal investigations online using elaborate sting operations to catch prostitutes and their customers.

Prostution crimes target the sex worker, the customer of the services, or the person who helps facilitate the transaction.

The least experienced participants tend to be caught up in these sting operations. If you were arrested for any type of prostitution crime in Pasco County, then your case will be prosecuted at the courthouse in New Port Richey on the west side of the county or in Dade City on the east side of the county.

Lawyer for Solicitation / Prostitution in New Port Richey, FL

Florida Statute 796.07(1)(a) defines the term “prostitution” as the giving or receiving of for sexual activity for hire. The most commonly prosecuted prostitution crimes in Florida include:

  • Soliciting another to Commit Prostitution;
  • Offering to be a Prostitute;
  • Owning or Operating a Building for Purposes of Prostitution
  • Offering a Place for Prostitution to Occur
  • Transporting a Person to a Place of Prostitution

Penalties for Prostitution Crimes in Florida

The penalties for prostitution depend on the way the act was committed or whether the person accused has any prior convictions for similar offenses.

The crime of offering to commit prostitution as a first offense is charged as a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and up to sixty (60) days in jail.

For a second offense of offering to commit prostitution, the crime is charged as a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail.

For a first offense of offering to commit prostitution, the crime is charged as a third-degree felony punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and five (5) year in Florida State Prison. The crime is classified with a severity ranking of Level 1 for purposes of Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.

Punishments for Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution

If you are charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution, the penalties are even more serious. A conviction requires that you pay a $5,000 fine, complete 100 hours of community service, attend a human trafficking awareness course, and undergo a test for sexually transmissible diseases. 

In addition to those minimum mandatory penalties, the court can impose additional penalties up to the statutory maximum for a first-degree misdemeanor which includes 12 months in the county jail.

If you are convicted of soliciting another to commit prostitution and you have a prior conviction for a prostitution-related offense, then you can be charged with a third-degree felony punishable by a minimum of ten (10) days in jail and up to five (5) years in prison. The severity ranking of the offense is classified as a Level 1 offense for purposes of Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.

Other Prostitutional Crimes Prosecuted in Pasco County, FL

Other prostitution crimes prosecuted in Pasco County, FL, include “Procuring a Person Under the Age of 18 for Prostitution” under Section 796.03 F.S. 

Law enforcement officers with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office have become more aggressive in investigating allegations of Human Trafficking. Crimes of human trafficking involve the recruitment, harboring, transportation, or obtaining a person through force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of a commercial sex act or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under 18 years of age. In Florida, human trafficking crimes are prosecuted under Section 787.06 F.S.

This article was last updated on Friday, August 17, 2018.

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