Sunday, August 25, 2019

Backpage Prostitution Charges and Defense

Backpage, a search engine for classified and personals ads, is becoming well-known for its connection to prostitution and human trafficking cases. Many individuals are posting ads on the site for prostitution services by describing the services through the use of code words and phrases. Because of these allegations against the website, many law enforcement agencies throughout the country are cracking down, tracking users, and setting up sting operations all in order to reduce the prostitution and human trafficking traffic on Backpage. This prostitution and human trafficking problem has continued, almost as strongly, even though Backdoor has recently (in 2017) banned adult advertisements from their classifieds space.

No matter the reason, if you find yourself facing charges of human trafficking, prostitution, or solicitation from a personal classifieds website, then you need the help of Beles & Beles. We have an experienced, well-educated and professional staff of legal professionals and attorneys who are always here to take your case.

Legal Defense Strategies for Prostitution and Human Trafficking Charges

The very first thing you should do when facing any kind of human trafficking or prostitution charges, regardless if through Backdoor or not, is to contact a qualified, experienced, and educated Beles & Beles prostitution/human trafficking attorney. After that, our attorneys will help device a clever and airtight defense against your case. Every case is different, but the strategies our attorneys often use include:

  • Lack of Evidence
    Since everyone is innocent until proven guilty in the United States, a common defense is a lack of evidence defense. This means that the prosecutor does not have enough evidence to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that you committed the crime in question.
  • Lack of Intent
    Oftentimes, prostitution and human trafficking require that you have the intent to engage in the crime. If our attorneys here at Beles & Beles can prove that you did not mean to solicit or engage in prostitution and/or human trafficking, then the charges can occasionally be dropped or reduced.
  • Mistake of Identity
    Another common defense strategy is that of mistaken identity. If you were wrongly accused of committing your crimes because you were mistaken as someone else, then our lawyers can help potentially reduce or drop your charges.
  • Lack of Compensation Agreement
    There is nothing illegal (in most states and counties) about meeting a person (over 18) online to engage in sexual intercourse with. However, if you pay for it, it becomes prostitution and is a severe crime. If no money is exchanged, no prostitution took place and your acts can be said to have been legal. A prosecutor must be able to prove that you paid or charged for your services.

Entrapment is RARELY a Defense for Backpage Prostitution and Human Trafficking Stings

Often, the first thing people think of when caught in their acts by a sting operation is that they have been trapped by the police and that they can get out of their situation by claiming “entrapment”. But, Backpage stings are rarely considered entrapment by a court of law. Entrapment can only occur when a law enforcement professional creates the idea for the criminal action and/or conduct. Since, on Backpage, you have to seek out the ads and use code words and language to engage in them, entrapment often does not apply.

Been Accused of Prostitution, Human Trafficking, or Solicitation Through Backpage? Call Us

The prostitution and human trafficking lawyers here at Beles & Beles are educated and experienced professionals who will aggressively defend you and your interests in a court of law. If you have been accused or charged with human trafficking, prostitution or solicitation through the webpage Backdoor, then give our professionals a call at (800) 860-2848 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation right away.

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