Most people would agree sex trafficking has been a problem in Massachusetts and across the country for years. Like any other industry, illicit or otherwise, the sex industry’s success depends on demand form those looking to purchase sex, and authorities have started targeting individuals who agree to pay to the service. A recent undercover operation in the state used this tactic and netted six arrests.
Details concerning operation and arrests
On Feb. 23, officials from various local and state law enforcement agencies conducted an undercover operation targeting those seeking to purchase sex. The operation was an attempt to reduce the amount of demand for illicit sex services, and officials posed as escorts online in order to identify those interested in paying for sex. The operation was run out of a hotel in Revere.
The Massachusetts State Police’s High Risk Victims unit along with other agencies, including the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit, the Revere Police Department and others, conducted the operation. They arrested six men who showed up at the hotel after agreeing online to purchase sex when they got there. The accused range in age from 27 to 44.
Right to defense
Although the case against the men appears strong, each individual has the right to fight the charges against him in a court of law. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, they can gain a full understanding of their rights and options. A lawyer will also challenge evidence regarding the investigation and subsequent arrest in an attempt to help the client obtain the most favorable outcome possible, considering the circumstances.