There are many common misconceptions about prostitution laws. In this article we’ll debunk many of the prevalent myths about prostitution in Illinois.
Myth: An officer cannot expose himself, or actually engage in sex with a provider before arresting her.
Fact: Police have been known to do both of these things to catch suspected prostitutes. Do not assume that a client who exposes himself cannot be a cop. Cops will go to great lengths to make arrests, and even experienced providers have been tricked into incriminating themselves.
Myth: If a client actually has sex with a provider, the provider can’t get into legal trouble.
Fact: While it is unlikely that an officer would actually have sex with a provider, there have been cases wherein the police have hired a civilian to participate in a sting operation. These civilians could go through with the sex act and the police would still be able to charge the provider.
Myth: Police only target providers who work on the streets.
Fact: In many, more providers have been caught through postings on Craigslist and other websites than have been arrested on the streets. Prostitution is now very much an online business.
Myth: You cannot be found guilty of prostitution if the client doesn’t physically hand you the money.
Fact: Juries often conclude that an offer or agreement to have sex for money was implied by your words or actions. If the prosecution can prove that the client contacted you looking for sex, that you agreed to a meeting, and that he brought money to the meeting, you will likely be convicted whether or not he actually gave you any money.
Myth: If I get arrested, no one will know.
Fact: Providers are charged under their real names, and arrest records are public knowledge. Prostitution convictions stay on a person’s record forever and will pop up whenever background checks of any kind are conducted.