"National Day of Johns" Leads to Nearly 600 Arrests

May 20, 2015 by David S. Seltzer

A nationwide sting operation involving law enforcement in 17 states ended a month-long investigation with the arrest of almost 600 individuals. Most of the defendants were taken into custody on solicitation charges after responding to fake ads for prostitution posted online at Backpage.com. 

Launched in 2011 to highlight the role that the Internet plays in promoting and advertising prostitution, the sting initiative netted 23 alleged cyber criminals and federal human traffickers. In Phoenix, Arizona, police recovered prostitutes who had been brought into town for the Super Bowl by their pimps. A man taken into custody in Las Vegas on federal human trafficking charges was extradited to Ohio. Police arrested two individuals for attempting to post prostitution ads using computers in the Cincinnati public library.

In addition to making arrests, police seized a variety of property, including 221 cars belonging to men who had driven to meet women for the purposes of having sex. In four cases, police found narcotics on defendants. 

Although human trafficking and cybersex crimes are serious offenses, casting the net so wide in the hope of preventing federal crimes may cause more problems than it prevents. It can be difficult to recover property seized in connection to a sting operation, even if the charges are later dismissed. And for innocent people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, being taken into custody on solicitation charges can be a devastating and life-changing event.

Do you need help responding to federal cybercrime or solicitation charges? Call an experience Miami cybercrimes attorney with Seltzer Law, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation. Call anytime at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333).