Last week, presumably as a result of the influx of people due to the NCAA tournament in Des Moines, the Mid Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (MINE) conducted a prostitution sting in Dallas County. Twenty-one people were charged with prostitution as a result of the sting. One of the more unseemly aspects of these stings is that MINE releases the names of those charged to the media. Of course, the media can’t resist plastering their names all over the internet.
In Iowa, both the person buying and selling sexual services are charged with prostitution. Iowa Code Section 725.1 states:
“Prostitution. A person who sells or offers for sale the person’s services as a partner in a sex act, or who purchases or offers to to purchase such services, commits an aggravated misdemeanor.”
Buyer and seller beware, both are charged with prostitution. Many of these police prostitution stings originate off websites like backpage.com. On backpage women advertise sexual services under sections like “escorts” or “body rubs”. So do the police when operating a sting. They may bust the woman first but have her continue to take “clients”. The police then bust the men who come to see her. It is easy to get caught.
If you are caught I think it is very important to seek representation and I don’t say that just because I am a lawyer. The societal stigma associated with a prostitution charge is often harsh. You can lose your job or worse. Of course, we do handle these cases and if you are in need of representation please feel free to give us a call 515.224.7446 or visit out website Stowers & Sarcone, PLC.