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 If you see any outdated laws in this list of prostitution laws by state, please contact Decriminalize Sex Work using our contact form and provide updated information.


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 to see its statutes.

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