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 rosecutors 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.