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Let me start by stating what you already know.
Prostitution is a crime in the state of Florida.
The first conviction is a second degree misdemeanor
The second one is a first degree misdemeanor
The third conviction is a third degree felony.
Give me a second and I will type up the penalties
Second Degree MisdemeanorA second-degree misdemeanor is a crime punishable by no more than sixty days in jail, six months of probation, and a $500 fine. First Degree MisdemeanorA first-degree misdemeanor is a crime punishable by no more than one year in jail, one-year probation, and a $1,000 fine.
Third Degree FelonyA third degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Also, a person who is convicted of a felony automatically losses many civil rights, such as right to own a firearm, to hold public office, etc...
I cannot tell you how to avoid being caught for committing a crime
Even your local lawyer would not be able to instruct or advise you on how to commit a crime.
But, I can answer the questions that you had posted.
Ok, on to question number 2
I am a former law enforcement officer and also an attorney with years of criminal law experience and I can tell you that a police officer does not have to reveal to anyone that he is a cop, especially in a sting.
This is an urban myth.
However, if the police officer lies about it or doesn't admit that he is an officer, than it might be possible to assert a defense of police entrapment, but it is an uphill battle.
On to number 3
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The simple answer is "there is no way to do it"
Police and law enforcement agency has all types of tools to make sure that their sting operations go undetected
Answer is Yes.
Payments for sex that are masked or called as "donations" would not protect a person engaging in prostitution from being criminally charged.
This would depend
As long as you are still getting paid for your time / services when you engage in sex with a client, there is still a good chance of potentially being charged with a crime.
your question is not dumb.
Unfortunately, that would not work, as it would be very clear that the sex is simply continuation of your services.
Now if you decide to meet with the same person on another date and do not charge that person for any services, that might be argued as simply dating or socializing...
As long as a payment in lieu of such date is not pre-arranged or paid on a previous encounter
It would still be viewed as prostitution
Unfortunately, millions of people worldwide have tried to "beat the system" as it related to prostitution...but there is no sure way for someone to avoid being caught, charged and convicted with the crime.
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Well, keep in mind that also if there is some type of STD is transmitted by you to someone, that can also subject you to more serious charges.
I am not implying that you have any STD, just some information that many people don't realize.
There had been number of cases where HIV infected prostitutes were charged with attempted murder...
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