Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Escort Services Defense Attorney Serving all South Florida

A woman with fishnet leggings and black heels sits on the end of a hotel bed in Florida. Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney fights sex trafficking, prostitution and escort service chargesFacing criminal charges for any acts related to sex trafficking, prostitution, or escort services in South Florida can be daunting. The potential consequences of trafficking or prostitution crimes are serious. 

If you learn that you’re under investigation for a sex-trafficking crime, a prostitution crime, or a crime involving escort services in Florida, we’re here to help.  

These sex-crime-related charges are prevalent in Florida, especially in South Florida. It’s essential that you find a trusted criminal defense attorney immediately to ensure your rights are protected. We’ve helped many other people in the same situation you are in right now. 

What is a Sex Trafficking Crime in South Florida?

Sex trafficking is a commercial sex act that involves force, fraud, or coercion. Both sex trafficking and labor trafficking fall under the umbrella of human trafficking. Florida is the third-highest state for sex trafficking cases and second-highest for labor trafficking. 

In 2019, a Florida sheriff’s department reported about 900 human trafficking cases in Florida. The number continues to grow each year.

Florida law defines human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. The consequences are serious. Sex trafficking involves people – young children, teens, and adults – who are trafficked within Florida or across state or international borders into Florida. Sex trafficking in Florida is defined as victims facing force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation.    

What is a Prostitution Crime in South Florida?

Florida law defines prostitution as “giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” Sexual activity in Florida’s prostitution statute includes oral, anal or vaginal penetration by another person or object; or the handling or fondling of the sexual organ of another for the purposes of masturbation.   

In Florida, it is illegal to:

  • Maintain any businesses or building for the purposes of prostitution
  • To offer another person for the purpose of prostitution
  • To secure or purchase another person for the purpose of prostitution
  • For a person over 18 years old to offer to engage in prostitution 
  • To enter or stay in any place for the purpose of prostitution 

What is an Escort Service Crime in South Florida?

In Florida, escort services are actually legal and licensed. It is entirely legal to provide women, who are typically independent contractors, for dates or companionship. However, sex cannot be part of the equation.

If any sexual act is part of the equation, an escort service can become a prostitution crime. When it comes to a prostitution crime, as explained above, both the person offering the service and the person buying the service (often called a “John”) commit a crime. Charging the buyer with a crime is a way the state hopes to curb the commercial sex industry because it often is used to conceal sex trafficking crimes.  

In Florida, it’s illegal to purchase the services of any person engaged in prostitution. Encouraging another person to commit prostitution is also considered a solicitation crime. 

Examples of Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Escorts Service Charges in South Florida

Attorney Glenn Roderman and his team represent clients facing any sex trafficking, prostitution, or escort service-related charges in South Florida.

Some of the most common sex trafficking crimes in Florida include forcing victims to work in prostitution or the sexual entertainment industry, whether in live venues or for the production of pornography. 

Prostitution crimes are often facilitated by or committed in adult entertainment venues. Escort services typically lead to crimes of solicitation.

Consequences and Penalties for Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Escort Service Crimes in Florida

Penalties for Sex Trafficking Crimes in South Florida

Some penalties for sex trafficking crimes in South Florida include:

  • Coercing an adult who is an “unauthorized alien” for commercial sexual activity commits a first-degree felony in Florida. 
  • Transporting any child or person believed to be under 18 years old into Florida from another state for coerced commercial sexual activity commits a first-degree felony. This is punishable by up to life in prison if convicted. 
  • Transporting an adult into Florida from another state for coerced commercial sexual activity commits a first-degree felony. 
  • If a parent, legal guardian, or another person in custody of a minor sells or transfers them to another for the purposes of sex trafficking or human trafficking, the person commits a life felony in Florida. 
  • If a person permanently brands a victim of sex trafficking, they face a second-degree felony. 

Penalties for Prostitution Crimes in South Florida

Some penalties for prostitution crimes in South Florida include:

  • A second-degree or first-degree misdemeanor for a first-time violation in Florida
  • A first-degree misdemeanor or third-degree felony for a second violation in Florida
  • A third-degree or second-degree felony for a third violation in Florida

Penalties for Escort Service Crimes in South Florida?

While escort services themselves are legal, escort services can sometimes cover for prostitution crimes or lead to solicitation crimes. Penalties for solicitation crimes in South Florida include:

  • If convicted of soliciting a prostitute:
    • You’ll need to go to prostitution and human trafficking awareness courses
    • Complete 100 hours of community training
    • Get STD tests
    • Pay a $5,000 fine
  • A first-time solicitation conviction is a first-degree misdemeanor. You can be in jail for up to 1 year, be on probation for up to 1 year, and be required to pay a $1,000 fine.
  • A second-time solicitation conviction is a third-degree felony. You can face up to 5 years in prison, five years of probation, and up to $5,000 in fines. 
  • A third-time solicitation conviction is a second-degree felony. You can face up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines. 

As you can see from the consequences outlined above, the consequences are serious if you’re facing sex trafficking, prostitution, escort, or solicitation charges in Florida. 

Hiring a skilled Florida sex crime criminal defense attorney is very important to protecting your rights and future.  

Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and Escort Service Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale & Boca Raton, Florida

Being charged with any type of crime can be overwhelming, especially when it involves your future and livelihood and comes with strict penalties. If you or a loved one are facing a sex crime charge in South Florida, you’re in the right place.

Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge for a Florida sex crime, our criminal defense attorneys have the skills and expertise you need to fight for the best possible result for your case.

Attorney Glenn Roderman and Attorney Philip Johnston have helped many people successfully overcome serious sex crime charges in South Florida. When you hire the Glenn Roderman Law Firm, you get a skilled and compassionate team on your side to defend and fight for your rights.

Free Criminal Defense Consultation for Anyone Arrested for Sex Trafficking, Prostitution or Escort Service Crimes in South Florida

We’ve helped many people facing serious sex crime charges in South Florida. We’re ready to fight for you to get the best possible outcome on your sex crime case.

Give us a call today to schedule your free sex crime consultation. We have offices in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale and serve all of South Florida and beyond. 

Call for a FREE sex crime consultation with our skilled and compassionate defense attorneys today: 954-764-6800


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Michael Richards
Michael Richards
05:00 02 Jan 22
It has been an honor and a privilege to have Mr. Roderman defend me during the most arduous events of my life. He provided impeccable legal counsel and educated me on the facts of my case and what was possible. He guided me to making the best choices and very kindly worked with me on payments. He is incredibly charming and a highly esteemed... advisor. Retaining his services comes with the assurance he will pursue the best resolution possible for you. As he was a judge for many years, I could not have found a better lawyer or more loyal advocate. I cannot thank him or recommend him highly enough.read more
JAS
JAS
20:08 11 Dec 21
Mr Roderman is a very caring, kind and knowledgeable attorney. He went above and beyond to help us reach the desired outcome. When the unexpected happens there is no one else I will trust but him. I don't see him just as an attorney but as a friend also. He's amazing.
Sikandar Lohani
Sikandar Lohani
17:15 04 Dec 21
First of all I want to say thank you Mr roderman in helping me prove my innocence.you are truly a guardian to the community.i am forever thankful for what you have done for me and my family.to the people looking to hire criminal defense attorney...I will highly recommend to hire Mr roderman.Mr Roderman was flexible with payments. He made it... possible for me to pay which was suitable for me.He is very professional and influential attorney criminal defense attorney in South Florida. When i met him he showed me empathy and also told me clear expected outcomes of my case. He was able to dispose off my case before charges were being filed. He kept me updated throughout the process. I would highly recommend him for criminal defense cases. He is honest and straight forward person! thank you again for your services to the community and for me particular. You are the best!🙏🙏🙏read more
Philip Johnston
Philip Johnston
22:15 27 Nov 21
Glenn R. Roderman has been one of South Florida's top criminal defense attorneys for decades. As a colleague, I have the highest respect for his legal acumen, dedication, attention to detail and ethics. These are just a few of the reasons, Glenn has represented everyone from Myer Lansky to Michael Jordan's family members. But Glenn doesn't only... represent the rich and famous. Many people are surprised to learn that he is a remarkably friendly, down to earth guy. The first time I spoke with him, he called me to ask about the client in a pro bono case I had taken on. He just cares about people. Don't be fooled, though. Glenn is brutally quick in the courtroom and fiercely protective of his clients. His track record speaks for itself. He also has the respect of judges and senior prosecutors, having served in both roles himself. If you have a good case -- or, perhaps more importantly, if you don't -- Glenn is the guy you want in your corner... To get to you, they are going to have to get through him.read more
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