Everyone that has watched cartoons or old movies knows that scene where the big bad monster is chased into a dark castle by villagers wielding pitchforks.
Well, now that the people of Anaheim are taking so called "flashlight walks" to locate and condemn prostitution, as the Los Angeles Times reports, do we have modern version of pitchforking happening?
The Anaheim flashlight walk was organized by about 50 citizens and supported by the Anaheim Police Department. Their aim was to get rid of the streetwalkers. The people in the neighborhood expressed that they were tired of finding condoms and "riffraff" in their streets.
The big issue for citizens, when they see prostitution, is that other crime will follow.
Prostitutes that may get arrested through Anaheim flashlights walks would face criminal charges. They could likely receive misdemeanor prostitution charges which are punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
By the way, it probably won’t just be prostitution that will get exposed through these walks. Pimping is an associated crime that often gets prosecuted as well, reports FindLaw’s Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog. Pimping and pandering are both considered separate felonies punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to six years and a maximum $10,000 fine. Further, if the person you are pimping or pandering is a minor, you must register as a sex offender and, if the minor is under 16, face a maximum eight-year prison sentence.
If you have been accused of engaging in or profiting from prostitution, consider speaking with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney about your potential legal defenses.