Portland Police, Washington, and Clackamas County Sheriffs’ Offices have been running prostitution / commercial sexual solicitation decoy stings online for the last few years. These stings are mainly done in the personals section of backpage.com. They post an ad in the “w4m” section advertising or alluding to sex. Then they try to get the man to agree to a sex act via text (usually full service “FS”). Once the guy shows up at the hotel, they’re arrested shortly after, sometimes taken to jail, and sometimes released, depending on where the sting is performed.
It’s also important to remember that if you are reading this because you were arrested for Prostitution / Commercial Sexual Solicitation, it’s not the end of the world. A good attorney can look for legal defenses or work out a reasonable deal if no defense exists. Prostitution / Commercial Sexual Solicitation are not legally considered sex crimes, so they are expunge-able. Ultimately a solicitation arrest or conviction can be expunged from your record and you can move on with your life.