Florida Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Florida?

Florida prostitution laws make buying, selling, offering, soliciting, or agreeing to engage in sexual acts in exchange for favors or compensation illegal acts, provided you are not married to the person you are making the exchange with.


 

Prostitution Laws of Florida

  • 796.04: Forcing, compelling, or coercing another to become a prostitute
  • 796.045: Sex trafficking; penalties
  • 796.05: Deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution
  • 796.06: Renting space to be used for lewdness, assignation, or prostitution
  • 796.07: Prohibiting prostitution, etc.; evidence; penalties; definitions
  • 796.08: Screening for HIV and sexually transmissible diseases; providing penalties
  • 796.09: Coercion; civil cause of action; evidence; defenses; attorney's fees

 

Florida Prostitution Laws

796.04: Forcing, compelling, or coercing another to become a prostitute

(1) After May 1, 1943, it shall be unlawful for anyone to force, compel, or coerce another to become a prostitute.

(2) Anyone violating this section shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

796.045: Sex trafficking; penalties

Any person who knowingly recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains by any means a person, knowing that force, fraud, or coercion will be used to cause that person to engage in prostitution, commits the offense of sex trafficking, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. A person commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the offense of sex trafficking is committed against a person who is under the age of 14 or if such offense results in death.

796.05: Deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person with reasonable belief or knowing another person is engaged in prostitution to live or derive support or maintenance in whole or in part from what is believed to be the earnings or proceeds of such person's prostitution.

(2) Anyone violating this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

796.06: Renting space to be used for lewdness, assignation, or prostitution

(1) It is unlawful to let or rent any place, structure, or part thereof, trailer or other conveyance, with the knowledge that it will be used for the purpose of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution.

(2) A person who violates this section commits: (a) A misdemeanor of the second degree for a first violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. (b) A misdemeanor of the first degree for a second or subsequent violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

796.07: Prohibiting prostitution, etc.; evidence; penalties; definitions

(1) As used in this section: (a) "Prostitution" means the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire but excludes sexual activity between spouses. (b) "Lewdness" means any indecent or obscene act. (c) "Assignation" means the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement. (d) "Sexual activity" means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; or the handling or fondling of the

 

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