According to local news reports and official records with the Volusia County Clerk of Court, more than 20 local, state and federal agencies wrapped up the operation Saturday night, and it was no coincidence that the sting took place during Bike Week in Daytona Beach.
"The amount of it going on is really scary, and sad that there are people out there that are trying to take advantage of the children," said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.
"We thought it might be a good time," Johnson said. "A lot of people in town."
Of the 43 arrested, 22 men were caught on camera approaching a decoy house where a team of undercover officers were waiting for them.
Officials said illegal sex trade in the area is common for special events. The prostitution portion of the operation yielded 19 arrests.
The attorneys with The Adams Law Firm have significant experience defending people caught in sex sting operations, including Traveling to meet a minor decoy sting operations. Law enforcement regularly use illegal methods to endure otherwise law abiding citizens to travel for the purpose of having sex, often times with what they believe is a consenting adult. Sometimes this inducement rises to the level of entrapment, which is a legal defense to the charge and must be asserted.
Most people caught in these traveling cases will score mandatory prison time, and the state attorney's office will be seeking prison along with sex offender registration requirements. We recommend you hire experienced competent counsel to help fight these charges.
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