Facing a Patronizing a Prostitute charge can be detrimental to many people's lives. However, it is often that much worse when you were arrested in a police prostitution sting. These operations are becoming all that much more common throughout the greater King County area especially in areas where prostitution has become common such as Kent and Federal Way.
Seattle has the third largest sex industry in the United States with over $112 million in yearly revenue. This shows that the sex industry is growing rapidly in the United States placing Seattle near the top. Because of this, undercover police operations are becoming much more common.
However, the Seattle area is not the only place that police are using these tactics. Nationwide, undercover police are cracking down on the human trafficking and sex industry in an attempt to prevent this industry from growing further. On August 3, a Fort Collins sting drew in 282 interested “Johns” and led to multiple arrests. They refer to these operations as “Human Trafficking Demand Reduction Operations”.
Police Stings often lead to an arrest with indisputable evidence as police officers are the only witnesses and often document the evidence at the scene thoroughly. It is important when analyzing your defense that you make sure that all of the evidence was handled appropriately, the conduct of the arrest was proper and there was a written contractual agreement that included an offer, consideration and agreement.