There’s nothing worse than getting catfished by someone you meet online. Except, of course, when your catfish turns out to be a cop and it’s YOU caught in the net. This net, specifically, is a carefully devised trap known as a prostitution sting. These stings occur when law enforcement places fake ads on dating websites to connect with other adults and lure them into traps. In some cases, merely arriving at the agreed upon location can constitute evidence to warrant an arrest.
Under Minnesota Statute § 609.324, whoever intentionally “engages” or “hires or offers or agrees to hire” an individual to engage in sexual penetration or sexual conduct is guilty of prostitution. This means that prostitution can generally encompass a variety of actions, including sexual, physical, verbal, or even electronic communication. If someone is convicted of this crime, they may face up to 20 years of prison, a fine of up to $40,000, or both.
If you found yourself in a prostitution sting, an experienced lawyer at Brandt Kettwick Defense can help you develop a plan to protect your future. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at 763-421-6366.