Last weekend Stamford police—with help from the FBI—busted up a Superbowl Sex Trafficking and Prostitution ring which based its operations in downtown Stamford, according to a recent Stamford Advocate report. While Stamford was relatively far removed from much of the Superbowl fanfare and festivities, it appears that Fairfield County was an ideal location for human trafficking pimps to set up base camp for its prostitution operations during the busy sports weekend.
The story highlights a recent police crackdown against human trafficking and prostitution in Connecticut. The days of street corner prostitution are long gone. Internet, smartphone, and app technology have turned this business into a multi-million dollar, prostitute-per-click enterprise. And just as importantly, the story serves as a reminder of how dangerous these activities are and how to keep your children safe from predator pimps…
Human Trafficking, or Trafficking in Persons, is a felony crime in Connecticut. It forbids any person from coercing or compelling another person to engage in prostitution, or any other crime for that matter, or even compelling others to perform hard labor, all through the use of threats, duress and fear. For a full text of the criminal statute, click here. Human trafficking crimes have received national attention lately because pimps, crime bosses and international warlords have been abducting vulnerable teenaged girls, shipping them into the United States and other countries and then forcing them to engage in prostitution. The stories that are coming out of these arrests—including recent human trafficking arrests in Connecticut—are deeply disturbing. As a result, law enforcement has asked parents to be extremely vigilant with supervising their children in crowded public places such as malls, parks, playgrounds, amusement parks, and sporting events.
Locally, this recent Superbowl sting conducted by Stamford Police revealed a human trafficking operation right here in Fairfield County. Historically, however, human trafficking crimes in Connecticut appear to come through Rhode Island, as many of the State’s casinos attract prostitution patrons. Regardless of where the trafficking originates, however, police are working closely with local hotel and motel owners, often preserving and reviewing surveillance footage inside the hotels, all for the purpose of identifying the pimps and perverts responsible for coordinating prostitution services within the State.
In contrast to the victims of human trafficking who are forced to prostitute themselves under threats, fear and duress, Stamford and Greenwich police regularly make prostitution arrests, often targeting the local massage parlors. Most top Greenwich or Stamford prostitution lawyers will agree that while police generally target the prostitutes, the patrons are also at risk of getting arrested. We often get calls from both accused prostitutes and accused “Johns”—the men who are caught patronizing the prostitutes. Specifically, Connecticut law forbids anyone 16 years or older from engaging or offering to engage in sexual conduct with another person for a fee (unless of course the accused prostitute is coerced to engage in such conduct by a pimp). Click here for the link to C.G.S. § 53a-82 which lays out Connecticut prostitution law, a misdemeanor in Connecticut. Police get a huge benefit from these raids—not just from arresting the suspects and seizing their money, but from the publicity that comes with these raids. Obviously it serves as a deterrent to the massage parlor customers and incentivizes the parlors to stop providing prostitution services.
Patronizing a Prostitute is also illegal under C.G.S. § 53a-83 (for a full text of the statute, click here). It is a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in jail and forbids a person from paying a fee to another person to have someone engage in sexual conduct with him or any other party. Even asking for someone to engage in sexual conduct for a fee is a crime under this statute. As top prostitution lawyers in Connecticut confirm, it is very embarrassing for men to be charged with Patronizing a Prostitute. These guys’ names are placed in the print and online police blotter, causing a great deal of embarrassment and humiliation to these individuals and their families. Therefore if you are arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute in Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, Norwalk or elsewhere in Connecticut, it is advisable to consult with a top Connecticut criminal prostitution lawyer to figure out how to get the charges dismissed as quickly as possible.
So if you are accused of Prostitution, Patronizing a Prostitute, or Human Trafficking in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Darien or Bridgeport, give the experienced prostitution and human trafficking lawyers at Mark Sherman Law a call today. With crimes and cases like these, our priorities are results, discretion and your privacy. If at all possible, charges like these need to disappear as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at (203) 358-4700 to discuss your options.