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prostitution, entrapment, Illinois Criminal Defense AttorneyEvery few weeks, local headlines celebrate the success of another prostitution sting. Inevitably, the stories are similar: law enforcement officials went undercover, posing as prostitutes or “johns” to help clear the streets of sex-for-hire activities. While the average citizen may not think twice about such police action, if you have been arrested for prostitution or soliciting a prostitute, the manner in which the sting was conducted can have a drastic impact on outcome of your case. Many stings border on entrapment, and it important to understand exactly what that means.

What is Entrapment?

Under Illinois law, a person is not guilty of criminal activity if he or she was “incited or induced by a public officer or employee, or agent of either, for the purpose of obtaining evidence for the prosecution of that person.” Such inducement is called entrapment, and the law is meant to prevent law enforcement from convincing a person to commit a crime they would not have committed otherwise. Providing an opportunity to commit the crime, however, is not considered entrapment, and the part of law upon which prostitution stings typically rely.

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