U.S. prostitution laws vary from state to state, and legislatures sometimes amend their states’ laws from year to year. If you see any outdated laws in this list of prostitution laws by state, please contact Decriminalize Sex Work using our contact form and provide updated information.

U.S. PROSTITUTION LAWS STATE TO STATE

Each state’s entry links to a pdf of the specific regulations, penalties, and related statutes for that state. We want to acknowledge Allen Lichtenstein, an experienced attorney in Las Vegas, for compiling the U.S. prostitution laws for all 50 states.

Prostitution laws vary by state and can change yearly depending on the actions of state legislators. Click on a state’s name to see its statutes.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington D.C. | Washington State | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

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