Kissimmee, FL – A suspected pimp and prostitute from the Tampa Bay area were arrested by Osceola County deputies after they came to the Kissimmee tourist district and allegedly posted an online ad for sex in exchange for money.
Undercover deputies apparently responded to the alleged advertisement posted by a 20-year-old New Port Richey woman and a 22-year-old Tampa man and a meeting was arranged at a Holiday Inn on U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee.
Reports indicate that the woman told an undercover deputy that the man was her pimp. However, the woman told reporters that she was not forced into prostitution by the man and that he is her boyfriend. She claims that the two were in a bind and needed money.
The pair was arrested Friday. The woman was charged with prostitution and the man was charged with deriving support from prostitution, renting a space used for prostitution and forcing or coercing another to become a prostitute.
It is important to understand that no matter the severity of charges, it is entirely possible to beat a prostitution case. Undercover detectives often troll the Internet looking for classified ads that are believed to promote sex in exchange for money. They look at sites such as Craigslist and BackPage in the hopes of finding anything they deem as suspicious activity. They will then arrange a meeting location and arrest those present, even if nothing illegal actually occurred. If you have been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting similar to the above scenario, contact a Florida Prostitution Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton immediately. Even if you think you may have violated the law, we can still help you make sure your rights are protected.
In undercover prostitution stings, law enforcements versions of events can be exaggerated or inaccurate. These encounters are rarely recorded, so police can basically say anything they want about the events leading up to your arrest. At Whittel & Melton, we can help you fight back. Many people charged with prostitution-related offenses are coerced into pleading guilty. We urge you to contact us before speaking to law enforcement or entering any type of plea. We can help you relay your side of the story and ensure the best possible outcome.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for prostitution in the Kissimmee or Orlando area, your first move should be to contact a Florida Sex Crimes Attorney at Whittel & Melton. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to speak with you about your case, so do not delay. Contact us online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.
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