Escorting Without a Permit - A Misdemeanor in Los Angeles - Violation of LAMC 103.107.1b
Escorting Charges in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Prostitution Charges and Charges for Escorting without a PermitSting Operations are very common in the cities of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Van Nuys. A
male police officer acts as a customer and befriends the alleged prostitute to engage in sex for money or a female officer poses as a street prostitute or a private escort to lure a man ("the John") to the "take down room." In California, both the alleged prostitute and the "John" are aggressively prosecuted for solicitation and intent to engage in prostitution. The alleged prostitute may also be charged with escorting without a permit. Escorting without a Permit is a Los Angeles Municipal Code violation that is charged in connection to an arrest forprostitution. Los Angeles Municipal Code section 103.107 states that "[n]o person shall conduct, manage or carry on any escort bureau without a written permit from the Board."
Is Entrapment a Valid Defense to Prostitution or Escorting in Los Angeles Criminal Courts?A person is entrapped if a law enforcement officer engaged in conduct that would cause a normal law-abiding person to commit the crime. Some examples of entrapment might include conduct like badgering, persuasion by flattery or coaxing, repeated and insistent requests, or an appeal to friendship or sympathy. Another example of entrapment would be conduct that would make commission of the crime unusually attractive to a normal law-abiding person. Such conduct might include a guarantee that the act is not illegal or that the offense would go undetected, an offer of extraordinary benefit, or other similar conduct.