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Virginia prostitution defense - Fairfax criminal lawyer on Eros raid

Virginia prostitution defense – Fairfax criminal lawyer on Eros raid

Virginia prostitution defense often involves police stings, where alleged Johns/hobbyists are set up to meet with would-be prostitutes/providers who instead are police officers/police hires. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know how much prostitution prosecutions waste limited police resources that could instead be used for such useful activities as investigating and prosecuting alleged rape, robbery and murder.

Fairfax criminal lawyer on Virginia prostitution defense after the Eros raid

Law enforcement does not stop only at stings in seeking to curb the world’s so-called oldest profession. Instead, police and prosecutors have pursued Craigslist and Backpage to chill their making their pages available for sexually-oriented advertisements.

The substantially more explicit Ero Guide’s website is among the recent law enforcement targets of purported online prostitution advertising. On November 7, 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security raided Bolma Star Services, the company that apparently runs Eros’s call center, in Youngsville, Franklin County, West Virginia. (See here and here, also, for the Eros-Bolma connection.) DHS executed a search warrant purportedly targeted at “cross-border illegal activity,” which would seem to mean offers of prostitution services across state lines.

Fairfax criminal lawyer again says legalize prostitution

What justifies criminalizing prostitution other than America’s bipolar relationship with sex, which on the one hand still criminalizes adultery in the Virginia code (effectively invalidated by the United States Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)) but will never be the same after the sexual revolution of the 1960’s-1970’s?

Here, ironically, a website for professional sexual service providers says that Eros advertisers were providing documentation to Eros to prove that such providers are adults, and now this DHS raid of Eros puts them all the more at risk of prosecution.

We should prefer sexual service advertisers to require proof that the providers are adults, but this DHS Eros raid is not going to encourage doing so, versus driving sexual service providers into the shadows with advertisers who do not require such proof.

Legalize, regulate and tax consensual adult-adult prostitution. Do not waste police, prosecutorial and court resources on it.

Fairfax criminal lawyer Jon Katz since 1991 has defended thousands of criminal and DUI defendants, including many prostitution defendants. For a confidential consultation with Jon, please call his staff to schedule an appointment, at 703-383-1100.

1 Comment

  1. PHXX on January 2, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    “Legalize, regulate and tax consensual adult-adult prostitution.”


    Legalizing and regulation just keeps us under the government’s control. If it were legalized, many of us would still work illegally because we are NOT registering our government names to get a license to whore.

    Cops would still fuck with us doing stings to see who’s licensed or not, and they would definitely target the most vulnerable a.k.a. people of color, streetwalkers, survival workers, LGBTQ, etc.

    We would be zoned in isolated areas far away from the privacy of our own homes. Contrary to popular belief, we are actually very discreet to respect our client’s privacy, so we do our best to not draw attention on ourselves.

    We won’t be able to work together with other workers in the same house for safety; HOWEVER, it likely would be legal for us to work in a brothel under management who aren’t even workers themselves who also take a cut of our money. Hell no.


    Decrim lets us simply work! No more government regulations and other foolishness needed because we know how to handle our business.

    Prostitutes will get the labor rights and protections as any other professional service provider would.

    We can work in the same house with up to 4 workers for safety, and we all each keep our own earnings as well.

    We will establish our own safety & health regulations because our health goes beyond the reproductive system.

    We don’t have to register with the government, and workers have be protected from any future job discrimination.

    New Zealand has decriminalized prostitution since 2003, and The Kiwi Model is one that prostitutes favor more. My web link is the link to the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC), and feel free to read more about why decriminalization is what we want…