Two women from Providence were arrested in the Red Roof Inn in Framingham on prostitution charges, according to The Metrowest Daily News. The women – one of whom was 30 and the other of whom was just 17 – were arrested at the Rte. 30 motel at 11:18 p.m., according to police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini.
Police began investigating the women on Thursday after an employee at the Red Roof Inn called the police and reported that the women were acting suspiciously, Brandolini said. After receiving the call, police went to the website “Backpages” and found what they believed to be advertisements for escorts that matched the women’s descriptions. Brandolini alleges that the police called the number, arranged to have sex for $200 an hour with the women, and were told to come to a room at the Inn. He further alleges that when police arrived, one of the women greeted an officer at the door.
According to Brandolini, the woman that answered the door initially said she was the person who answered the phone and arranged the deal; however, after her arrest, police claim to have discovered it was actually the other woman who had arranged the meeting. Police claim that the second woman was in the room next door when police arrived.
Police charged both women with prostitution.
The women were scheduled to be arraigned in Framingham District Court on Friday, September 8th. However, because no Spanish interpreter was available, both women were released and ordered to return the week of September 10th to be arraigned.
Prostitution is a misdemeanor offense in Massachusetts. People suspected of prostitution are often charged with trespassing, which is also a misdemeanor, when police do not have adequate evidence to charge them with prostitution.
The laws regarding prostitution in Massachusetts have recently been changed through legislation. The new law imposes a life sentence for anyone found guilty of trafficking children for sex or forced labor. The new law also includes a safe harbor provision for first-time offenders under eighteen, which allows prosecutors to view them as victims, rather than criminals. Anyone soliciting a prostitute would face a prison sentence of up to two and a half years and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted. Anyone who agrees to pay for sex with someone under 18 would face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison if they are convicted.
The new law also creates a new crime: enticing a child into prostitution by electronic communication. This new law is in response to the growing use of the Internet as a human trafficking tool.
The city of Worcester is also looking to create a change in its law regarding prostitution. The new law would give the city of Worcester the authority to impound cars driven by “Johns”.
Any charge relating to engaging in prostitution is a potentially embarrassing and serious charge, with some charges being more serious than others. When you have been charged with this kind of offense, you need an experienced and dedicated Massachusetts prostitution lawyer.
Many things can be done to get a charge of prostitution reduced to trespassing or even dropped. Often, the only witness who can testify to what actually happened is the other person engaged in the activity, which raises Fifth Amendment issues. Because of these Fifth Amendment issues, prosecutors are often willing to work with an experienced defense attorney to get charges reduced or dropped. Often, when trafficking is not an issue, jail time can also be avoided. If you have been charged with prostitution, you need an attorney who is not afraid to fight to protect your record. Contact me today if you are facing a prostitution charge.