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Prostitution and sex trafficking, are they the same crime under the law in Florida?

Prostitution and sex trafficking are two different crimes under the law in Florida. While both involve the exchange of sexual services for money or other forms of compensation, they differ in terms of the nature and severity of the offense.


People often get the meanings of prostitution and human trafficking mixed up. The main difference between these two crimes is whether someone was forced to do something or not. In prostitution, a person has broken the law by engaging in sexual acts with people who are willing to pay for them.


Human trafficking, which Florida calls "modern-day slavery," on the other hand, is when a child or adult is forced to do work or services, which usually involve sexual exploitation. People sometimes do prostitution and sex acts for money because they want to, but many are forced, tricked, or trapped into these crimes by pimps and panderers.


All sex crimes could be punished with different amounts of money and time in jail. Still, people who are convicted of a felony for child prostitution or human trafficking almost always get very harsh punishments. The situation and level of involvement of a person facing these charges can have a big impact on how the case turns out.



Criminal Penalties for Solicitation for Prostitution in Florida: Understanding Misdemeanor and Felony Consequences


According to Florida Statute, solicitation for prostitution is a misdemeanor of the first degree. As a first offense, a conviction for this crime can lead to up to 1 year of jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.


However, a second violation is classified as a third-degree felony and if you are convicted of this crime, you could face up to 5 years of prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Subsequent solicitation for prostitution offenses are considered second-degree felonies which carry up to 15 years of jail and up to a $10,000 fine.


In Florida, a conviction for a solicitation charge will also result in the following penalties:

  • 100 hours of community service.

  • Pay a $5,000 civil penalty.

  • Mandatory minimum imprisonment of 10 days (only for second and subsequent offenses).

  • Attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking.

  • 60 days of vehicle impoundment (if the vehicle was used during the commission of the offense).

  • Register to the Soliciting for Prostitution Public Database.


Coercion in Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Charges: Understanding Florida's Definition of Physical Force and Threats


Charges for prostitution and sex trafficking are different depending on how much consent or force was involved. People are sometimes trafficked and forced to live a life of prostitution. It's important to know what coercion means in Florida when you're looking at this group of criminal offenses.


Florida law 787.06 defines coercion as:


  • Using physical force on someone or threatening to do so.

  • Threatening or holding someone back against their will without having the right to do so is against the law.

  • Setting up a debit or credit card for someone to force them to work to pay off the debt.

  • Destruction, seizure, removal, or withholding of a person's travel documents, such as a visa or passport.

  • Putting someone's money in danger or threatening to do so.

  • Getting someone to do something by lying or being dishonest.

  • Taking controlled substances to take advantage of someone.


Any crime that involves fraud, coercion, or force is a serious crime, and the prosecution may be able to show that the person who did it meant to do wrong. If you have a lawyer who knows the law and all of your rights, you may be able to get the charges dropped or the penalties lessened. Knowing the differences between human trafficking and prostitution and how coercion is the most important part of any sex crime case can help you build a strong defense.


The Serious Consequences of Sex Crime Charges in Florida: Understanding the Impact on Everyday Life and Protecting Against Wrongful Conviction


Being charged with a sex crime is very serious and can change your life, because the effects of this type of crime can affect your everyday life. Prostitution and trafficking of people are against the law, and law enforcement is very serious about making sure they are punished, especially when children are involved. Even though these crimes do happen, sometimes a person is wrongly convicted or the prosecution exaggerates evidence that can be argued against to get a guilty verdict.


You might be able to defend yourself against a sex-related crime in these ways:

  • The accuser made false claims.

  • A teenage or young child making a false accusation

  • Consensual sex cover-ups

  • Financial circumstances or extortion

  • False accusations because of fights over custody and divorce

  • Lack of evidence or wrong person

  • Evidence or information that was gotten illegally

Depending on the crime and how you're thought to have been involved, these cases can get complicated and hard to handle on your own. You might have been wrongly accused, there might be evidence against you, or you might be dealing with the real effects of your crimes. Even if your case is complicated, a specialized attorney who knows Florida's prostitution and sex trafficking laws and has experience with them can look at every part of it and build you a strong defense.


Prostitution is generally defined as the exchange of sexual services for money or other forms of compensation. It is a misdemeanor offense in Florida, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, if a person is charged with a second or subsequent offense, the charge can be elevated to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.


Sex trafficking, on the other hand, is a much more serious crime under Florida law. It involves the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of sexual exploitation, often through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Sex trafficking is a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


There are several key differences between prostitution and sex trafficking. While prostitution involves the voluntary exchange of sexual services for money or other forms of compensation, sex trafficking involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking victims are often forced, deceived, or coerced into performing sexual acts, and they may be threatened or physically harmed if they refuse.


Another key difference is the severity of the offense. While prostitution is generally charged as a misdemeanor in Florida, sex trafficking is a first-degree felony, carrying much harsher penalties. This reflects the fact that sex trafficking is considered a much more serious crime, as it involves the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable individuals.


If you have been charged with prostitution or sex trafficking in Florida, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An Arroyo Law Firm attorney can help you understand the charges against you and the potential consequences of a conviction, as well as develop a defense strategy to protect your rights and interests.


In conclusion, prostitution and sex trafficking are two different crimes under the law in Florida. If you have been charged with either of these crimes, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will happy help you to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences of a conviction.


Here at the Arroyo Law Firm, we offer complete defense services and inexpensive payment plans to help offenders defend their rights. For a free case evaluation, reach out to us online or by phone at 407-770-9000. Knowing your alternatives won't cost you anything, even if you decide not to hire us.




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