Child Prostitution Charges: Bait & Switch or Entrapment?

Just the term child prostitution is among the most odious and despicable of charges that you can face in Arizona. While many think child prostitution charges are only about pimping young children for sexual exploitation, recent undercover stings by police prove something very different is going on. Not just in Phoenix, but all over Arizona, police are baiting people who have no sexual interest in children to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.

Here’s how it works:

  • Police create an escort ad on Craigslist or Backpage
  • Someone responds to the ad looking for sex from an adult
  • At the last minute, the undercover officer says her 17-year-old cousin can join
  • The customer arrives
  • Police officers storm the room and arrest the customer for child prostitution

Consequences in Arizona

Even if there is no actual minor or child involved, Arizona’s child prostitution laws are among the toughest in the country.

If convicted of child prostitution, the minimum sentence for a first conviction is:

  • 7 years in prison with no early release
  • Lifetime registration as a Sex Offender

How We Can Help You

We have successfully defended many clients charged with child prostitution as we realize that many of these undercover stings by police are nothing more than a bait and switch or entrapment. Our clients are not pedophiles, but rather adults who tried to engage in consensual sexual activity with another adult and are now in trouble with the law for the first time.

By being thorough and leaving no stone unturned, we scrutinize every detail of the investigation. We recognize that every case is different and unique, but this approach in defending child prostitution cases in Phoenix and throughout Arizona has proven beneficial to our clients and integral to the successful resolution of their cases.

If you have any questions about how our Phoenix criminal defense lawyer can assist in a child prostitution case, contact us at (602) 663-9100 or fill our online form for a case evaluation!
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