The City of Sarasota’s Prostitution Advisory Letters

Wed, Mar 12, 2014

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by Alan LightThe city of Sarasota is sending out letters to those acting a certain way in areas known for prostitution. It sounds a little big brother to some and like a great idea to others. And some want to know how legal it is.

This new idea is an attempt to curb some of the business activity of prostitutes and johns alike. It will be in addition to the usual prostitution stings and undercover officers used in the area.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “The letter will warn that police were surveying an area of the city known for prostitution and saw your vehicle. Someone inside the vehicle talked to a known prostitute or an undercover officer posing as one.” These letters started getting sent out the week of March 3rd. The Orlando Sentinel has an image of the actual letter on its website. More information can also be found on the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s website here and on the Sarasota Police Department’s website here.

Imagine how surprised some will be to open this letter and find out that someone else is using their vehicle for such activities. Spouses, parents, and employers come to mind.

Sarasota is not the only Florida city with this type of policy. The Orlando Sentinel has a detailed article about the Sanford Police and a similar policy they started last year.

Since the initiative has just started time will tell if this idea works out as planned and helps curb the activity in the areas being patrolled. It will also be interesting to see which groups might protest or fight the idea.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith is a Lakewood Ranch, Florida attorney with SmithLaw Attorneys. He concentrates in bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. Call 941-907-4774 to learn more and to ask about our free consultations.

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