This year police in many Cities around the Seattle area have conducted "solicitation of prostitution" or "Patronizing a Prostitute" stings. Cities like: Kent, Bellevue, Kirkland and Seattle have been conducting these "John Operations."
In the City of Kent police recently conducted a sting operation that concluded in the arrest of 26 men. The men were mainly from King County and ranged from 21 - 60 years of age. Kent police placed a fake ad in the escort section of www.backpage.com:
SEE THE AD HERE:
Ads like this one have been recently used by Kent Police, Federal Way and Seattle Police:
Undercover female officers posed as prostitutes and answered the phone to entice "John's" to come to the motel. The City of Kent claims they are clamping down on "human trafficking." It should be noted however that fees against the "johns," brought in $46,500 to the city. Although the City of Kent asserts that they are combating "human trafficking," it does seem to be a profitable venture for the City.
The sting is part of a larger effort by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and several police departments to focus on arresting the customers of prostitutes, the "John's". These practices are likely to continue by police departments all around King County and men charged with "patronizing a prostitute" are likely to face stiff penalties as well as possible jail time.
I have listed the RCW for Patronizing a Prostitute below:
RCW 9A.88.110 Patronizing a prostitute.
(1) A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute if:
(a) Pursuant to a prior understanding, he or she pays a fee to another person as compensation for such person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with him or her; or
(b) He or she pays or agrees to pay a fee to another person pursuant to an understanding that in return therefor such person will engage in sexual conduct with him or her; or
(c) He or she solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her in return for a fee.
(2) For purposes of this section, "sexual conduct" has the meaning given in RCW 9A.88.030.
(3) Patronizing a prostitute is a misdemeanor.
REMEMBER: The prosecutor has to prove that a transaction or agreement took place. If they cannot prove this the case must be dismissed!
KENT REPORTER ARTICLE HERE
If you have been charged in the Kent Municipal Court or anywhere in King County, Washington with patronizing a prostitute then you should read this article.
You can learn more by visiting our PATRONIZING A PROSTITUTE WEBPAGE or by calling John T Law at (425) 533-2156 for a free consultation.