On Wednesday, President Trump signed theFosta lawmaking it illegal for Internet companies to allow ads that facilitate prostitution.
This is just seven days after the men running Backpage.com were arrested. Some of them are already pleading guilty. That put an end to their 100 million dollar business. Craigslist has already taken down their personals. The escorts in Ft. Myers now are going to have to find another way to advertise. They will be forced back into the bars and pick up place and onto the “Dark Web” where the sites are hosted overseas on in Countries without extradition. A 100 million dollar business is not going to just go away, it will just go underground.
As a sex crime lawyer I expect to see the people running the escort sites arrested and prosecuted in the very near future. There are First Amendment issues involved in the new law. It is imposing criminal liability for what someone else posts on a site. The prostitutes are not going to go away. They will just go to Facebook, Twitter and the other social media sites and more carefully word their posts. They will be on the dating sites like “Meetme”.
The new law is going to really take away a major law enforcement tool. Grady Judd is going to lose his ability to run sex stings by having his undercover detectives post on the sites. The law in one respect is good but in another bad. Go online today and type in “Ft. Myers Escorts”. Make a list of the sites you see. I am willing to bet than in ninety days, 90% of them will be out of business. This is going to push the “working girls” back into the bars and on the streets. The law was widely supported because it takes a bite out of the human trafficking business. I have advocated for years that a better solution would be to legalize and regulate prostitution in Florida. They don’t call it the oldest profession for nothing
Police regularly use K-9 partners to track and apprehend suspects who have fled the scene of a crime or done something illegal. In North Carolina this week, the police were called to help locate an autistic child that had gone missing. The police K-9 was allowed to smell his pillow and then released to track the child. The dog found him near the back yard and attacked and mauled the child. This was a horrible misuse of a trained attack K-9. It hardly ever makes the news but police K-9 dogs often bite suspects.
Years ago, on the East Coast of Florida, I did some research on a K-9 dog named Thor. He had been equipped with steel teeth. I found that in an 18 month period, the dog had hospitalized over a dozen suspects. In that case, the handler, had allowed the dog to bite every time he did a track. He did that to hone the basic animalistic tracking instinct. In other words, he let the dog bite the prey as a reward for a good track.
The dog in the North Carolina case should never have been let off leash. Police K-9 dogs are trained go bite and grab and hold. We have all seen the news report training videos where the dog is allowed to attack another officer wearing padded garb. If you have been arrested and a K-9 was deployed and bit you, let me hear about it. I am trying to gather statistics on the number of times police dogs are allowed to bite a suspect.
How many times was the dog allowed to bite?
Did you sustain stitches? Did it get infected?
Were you charged with fleeing and eluding or battery on a police officer (k-9 partner)?
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have found over the years that when a person arrested has to be transported to the hospital, the police to justify the physical injuries often charge a phony charge of resisting or battery to justify what they have done. Let me know if this has happened to you