Hiring someone for prostitution (or “sex for a fee” as it says in the Massachusetts statutes) is a risky proposition with aggressive law enforcement focus.
Police departments actively work with prosecutors to set up stings by running online ads. While Craigslist bans such activity and Backpage is shutdown, there are many other sites where solicitation by escorts is still widespread. And if potential customers can find them, so can police, to post fake solicitations for stings, and even entrapment. Attleboro police recently did just that on skipthegames.com and megapersonals.com.
Many of the Massachusetts District Attorney’s offices and Attorney General Maura Healy herself are also aggressively targeting and arresting anyone alleged to be hiring prostitution. While the goal of the crackdown is attempting to end human trafficking, consensual non-coerced sex work is absolutely under fire. And anyone running such an operation is should be deeply concerned about the risk of very serious charges.
And now in 2018, some state DAs are directing their prosecutors to not easily dismiss any of these cases and to fight for convictions.
This is an extremely embarrassing charge to face. I have represented many men accused of soliciting prostitution and other sensitive charges for which you wouldn’t want your family or coworkers to find out.
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