Tallahasseen police arrested a former Florida escort and backpage escort for solicited sex on the website Backpage.
The Tallahasse Times reported the arrest, citing an arrest warrant obtained by the newspaper.
The former escort was arrested after being contacted by investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, according to the report.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Organized Crime Control Unit arrested the former escort on Thursday and released her on her own recognizance, the Tallahase Times reported.
The department is investigating the arrest and will charge her with solicitation of prostitution, according the report, which did not specify what charges were being sought.
The Escorts Alliance of America called the arrest a “troubling development.”
The organization’s president, Mark Davis, said the former woman had been on the Backpage for about a year, and that she had been a model for a number of escorts.
He said that while Backpage does not condone the use of prostitutes, the escort had used the site to “provide an attractive service that was well-deserved.”
The Escort Alliance of Florida said that it had “received no information indicating that the escort ever solicited anyone, nor that she was ever a prostitute.”
A representative for the Sheriff’s office said that the woman was not being released because she was under arrest and that there was a warrant for her arrest.
The report does not identify the escort, and Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Florida escort has been arrested after allegedly soliciting prostitution.
Here’s what we know about the arrest.
The woman was arrested on charges of solicitation of a minor, a misdemeanor.
Her lawyer, Joshua Deutsch, said that she has a history of prostitution and that it was a minor who initially approached her, according.
“The person who was at the center of the matter was not the person who actually had the sexual contact with the victim,” Deutsch told WFTS.
“I know it’s not a crime to offer sex, but I think that is a different level of conduct.”
The Florida Escort Council said that Deutsch’s client has been an escort for the past 15 years and had been arrested several times in Florida.
The council said that “a woman in her 20s approached her for sex in 2016 and was arrested.”
The council has also spoken with the former escorts attorney who has advised them that she “never solicited” any of her clients.
“They were not victims.
It’s her business, it’s her livelihood,” the council’s president and president of the Florida Escorts Association, Michael DeAngelis, told the Tallanahasassee Democrat.
“She has her own personal issues, and we want her to be treated like any other adult would be treated.”
The escort has also worked for Backpage, according of a Florida Escorting Council report.
“As a former escort, this individual has the same experience as other sex workers, including having to work with customers who would ask for sex from them,” the report said.
“These women, in addition to being prostitutes, are also victims of human trafficking, which involves forced sex, forced labor and other forms of exploitation.
The individuals charged with the offenses against the individuals and the organization, have no doubt engaged in these crimes for profit.”
Deutsch said that although the escort’s past work was “very consensual,” the incident has affected her.
“Now I have a job, but it has not helped my reputation or caused me any trauma,” he said.
The agency has a policy that prohibits escorts from engaging in prostitution.
The policy states that “all escorts are expected to perform their services in a professional manner,” according to a Backpage spokesperson.
“Backpage does offer escort services, including escort ads, in the interest of providing a safe, safe environment to engage in our business,” the spokesperson said in an email to ESPN Clic.
“All escorts must abide by our strict policies, including our Safe Harassment Policy.”
The attorney for the escort who worked with her client, Deutsch wrote in an interview with the Tallenahasse Times that he did not know about any incidents involving escorts on Backpage and that “we are still in the very early stages of the investigation.”
He said he does not know how the escort could have worked for the agency if she had not met her clients, but added that “this was a very private situation, and no one involved knew the details.”
The lawyer did not identify his client.
The Associated Press did not name the escort.
The Times reported that the arrest is the second arrest related to Backpage in less than a month.
On May 10, a woman was charged with a crime in Florida for solicits prostitution on the site Backpage Escorts.