Maine Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Maine?

Maine prostitution laws make it illegal to sell sexual acts or even sexual contact. Solicitation of those acts is also illegal across the state.

Maine Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Maine

  • §851: Definitions
  • §852: Aggravated promotion of prostitution
  • §853: Promotion of prostitution
  • §853-A: Engaging in prostitution
  • §853-B: Engaging a prostitute

 

Chapter 35: PROSTITUTION AND PUBLIC INDECENCY

§851: Definitions

As used in this chapter:

1. "Prostitution" means engaging in, or agreeing to engage in, or offering to engage in a sexual act or sexual contact, as those terms are defined in section 251, in return for a pecuniary benefit to be received by the person engaging in prostitution or a 3rd person; 1-A. "Engages a prostitute" means providing or agreeing to provide, either to the person whose prostitution is sought or to a 3rd person, pecuniary benefit in return for a sexual act or sexual contact as those terms are defined in section 251;

2. "Promotes prostitution" means:

A. Causing or aiding another to commit or engage in prostitution, other than as a patron;

B. Publicly soliciting patrons for prostitution. Publicly soliciting patrons for prostitution includes, but is not limited to, an offer, made in a public place, to engage in a sexual act or sexual contact, as those terms are defined in section 251, in return for a pecuniary benefit to be received by the person making the offer or a 3rd person;

C. Providing persons for purposes of prostitution;

D. Leasing or otherwise permitting a place controlled by the defendant, alone or in association with others, to be regularly used for prostitution;

E. Owning, controlling, managing, supervising or otherwise operating, in association with others, a house of prostitution or a prostitution business;

F. Transporting a person into or within the State with the intent that such other person engage in prostitution; or

G. Accepting or receiving, or agreeing to accept or receive, a pecuniary benefit pursuant to an agreement or understanding with any person, other than with a patron, whereby the person participates or the person is to participate in the proceeds of prostitution.

§852: Aggravated promotion of prostitution

1. A person is guilty of aggravated promotion of prostitution if he knowingly:

A. Promotes prostitution by compelling a person to enter into, engage in, or remain in prostitution; or

B. Promotes prostitution of a person less than 18 years old.

2. As used in this section "compelling" includes but is not limited to:

A. The use of a drug or intoxicating substance to render a person incapable of controlling his conduct or appreciating its nature; and

B. Withholding or threatening to withhold a narcotic drug or alcoholic liquor from a drug or alcohol-dependent person. A "drug or alcohol-dependent person" is one who is using narcotic drugs or alcoholic liquor and who is in a state of psychic or physical dependence or both, arising from the use of the drug or alcohol on a continuing basis.

3. Aggravated promotion of prostitution is a Class B crime.

§853: Promotion of prostitution

1. A person is guilty of promotion of prostitution if he knowingly promotes prostitution.

2. Promoting prostitution is a Class D crime.

§853-A: Engaging in prostitution

1. A person is guilty of engaging in prostitution if:

A. The person engages in prostitution as defined in section 851. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime, except that the sentencing alternative may include only the penalties provided in section 1301; or

B. The person violates paragraph A and, at the time of the offense, the person has one prior conviction for engaging in prostitution. Section 9-A governs the use of prior convictions when determining a sentence, except that, for the purposes of this paragraph, the date of the prior conviction may not precede the commission of the offense by more than 2 years. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime.

§853-B: Engaging a prostitute

1. A person is guilty of engaging a prostitute if:

A. The person engages a prostitute within the meaning of section 851, subsection 1-A. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime, except that the sentencing alternative may include only the penalties provided in section 1301; or

B. The person violates paragraph A and, at the time of the offense, the person has one prior conviction for engaging a prostitute. Section 9-A governs the use of prior convictions when determining a sentence, except that, for the purposes of this paragraph, the date of the prior conviction may not precede the commission of the offense by more than 2 years. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime.