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Cases involving charges of prostitution can be criminally implicating for the person providing sexual acts in return for money, as well for the person receiving the sexual acts as a favor for the money given to the cause. Like other sex crime offenses in the state of Pennsylvania, if you are charged and found guilty of prostitution, you will be required to register as a national sex offender - a label that is openly accessible for viewing by the public. First-time prostitution offenses will be penalized differently than second offenses and beyond. Oftentimes, first offenses of prostitution or solicitation of prostitution will be charged as a misdemeanor offense and will result in jail time of less than a year. Mandatory imprisonment will be required of those who have received charges in the past. There is no such thing as "only a misdemeanor offense.
In Pennsylvania, law enforcement may charge a person for prostitution under 18 Pa. According to the criminalBey has been charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution under sections 18 Pa. Crimes code section 18 Pa. The following acts shall, without limitation of the foregoing, constitute promoting prostitution: 1 owning, controlling, managing, supervising or otherwise keeping, alone or in association with others, a house of prostitution or a prostitution business.
Massage parlors and day spas have a proclivity for serving as fronts for commercial sexual exploitation. It is encouraging that businesses and local residents voiced complaints about this particular establishment, noticing that some type of illegal may be occurring on premise. However, the larger question remains, was Bey acting alone or was she a victim in a larger scheme of human trafficking?
The media reports also did not indicate whether four other people who were detained and released as part of the sting were considered sex buyers or additional prostituted persons. Moreover, the media reports did not specify who owned the day spa, referring to its closure in the passive voice, leading the public to believe the owner s of both the Spa and the building are unknown.
As we have reported ly, we believe that individuals who have been sexually exploited deserve robust social services and assistance with an exit strategy. Law enforcement should expend their resources targeting those who exploit prostituted persons, by either selling them or buying them for sex.
Sex trafficking and prostitution occurring in broad daylight within what appears to be a massage business simply would not exist if there was not a demand for sex. Presumably, men were consistently seen coming and going from the Spa, and this traffic eventually sent als to local businesses and residents that prostitution activities may be occurring inside.
Maria Bey is charged with prostitution, which means, if she is found guilty, every man who bought sex from her patronized prostitution in violation of the law.
Yet, unfortunately, the only story this case tells is that of one woman; a woman was arrested and charged with prostitution. The media reports did state there is an ongoing investigation of this incident, which indicates the Berks County District Attorney may be pursuing a case of human trafficking.
If a human trafficking investigation is not conducted, the latest enforcement and prosecution strategy will continue to proliferate commercial sexual exploitation throughout Berks County and the region as prostituted persons are punished, while traffickers and buyers go free. All views expressed herein are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law or of Villanova University.
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