Wisconsin Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin prostitution laws make it a crime to pander, solicit, or engage another person in a sexual act in exchange for anything of value. All of those acts are misdemeanors across the state.

Wisconsin Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Wisconsin

  • 944.30: Prostitution
  • 944.31: Patronizing prostitutes
  • 944.32: Soliciting prostitutes
  • 944.33: Pandering
  • 944.34: Keeping place of prostitution

 

944.30: Prostitution

Any person who intentionally does any of the following is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor:

(1) Has or offers to have or requests to have nonmarital sexual intercourse for anything of value.

(2) Commits or offers to commit or requests to commit an act of sexual gratification, in public or in private, involving the sex organ of one person and the mouth or anus of another for anything of value.

(3) Is an inmate of a place of prostitution.

(4) Masturbates a person or offers to masturbate a person or requests to be masturbated by a person for anything of value.

(5) Commits or offers to commit or requests to commit an act of sexual contact for anything of value.

944.31: Patronizing prostitutes

Any person who enters or remains in any place of prostitution with intent to have nonmarital sexual intercourse or to commit an act of sexual gratification, in public or in private, involving the sex organ of one person and the mouth or anus of another, masturbation or sexual contact with a prostitute is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

944.32: Soliciting prostitutes

Except as provided under s.948.08, whoever intentionally solicits or causes any person to practice prostitution or establishes any person in a place of prostitution is guilty of a Class H felony.

944.33: Pandering

(1) Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor:

(a) Solicits anotherto have nonmarital sexual intercourse or to commit an act of sexual gratification, in public or in private, involving the sex organ of one person and the mouth or anus of another, masturbation or sexual contact with a person the solicitor knows is a prostitute; or

(b) With intent to facilitate another in having nonmarital intercourse or committing an act of sexual gratification, in public or in private, involving the sex organ of one person and the mouth or anus of another, masturbation or sexual contact with a prostitute, directs or transports the person to a prostitute or directs or transports a prostitute to the person.

(2) If the person received compensation from the earnings of the prostitute, such person is guilty of a Class F felony.

(3) In a prosecution under this section, it is competent for the state to prove other similar acts by the accused for the purpose of showing the accused's intent and disposition. 944.34: Keeping place of prostitution Whoever intentionally does any of the following is guilty of a Class H felony:

(1) Keeps a place of prostitution; or

(2) Grants the use or allows the continued use of a place as a place of prostitution.

Wyoming Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Wyoming?

Wyoming prostitution laws prohibit acts of prostitution, the solicitation of prostitution, and the promotion of prostitution. Solicitation of prostitution is a misdemeanor across the state.

Wyoming Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Wyoming

  • 6-4-101: Prostitution; penalties
  • 6-4-102: Soliciting an act of prostitution; penalties
  • 6-4-103: Promoting prostitution; penalties

 

6-4-101: Prostitution; penalties

A person who knowingly or intentionally performs or permits, or offers or agrees to perform or permit an act of sexual intrusion, as defined by W.S. 6-2-301(a)(vii), for money or other property commits prostitution which is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both.

6-4-102: Soliciting an act of prostitution; penalties

A person is guilty of soliciting an act of prostitution if, with the intent that an act of sexual intrusion as defined by W.S. 6-2-301(a)(vii) be committed, that person knowingly or intentionally pays, or offers or agrees to pay money or other property to another person under circumstances strongly corroborative of the intention that an act of prostitution be committed. Soliciting an act of prostitution is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both.

6-4-103: Promoting prostitution; penalties

(a) A person commits a felony if he:

(i) Knowingly or intentionally entices or compels another person to become a prostitute;

(ii) Knowingly or intentionally procures, or offers or agrees to procure, a person for another person for the purpose of prostitution;

(iii) Having control over the use of a place, knowingly or intentionally permits another person to use the place for prostitution; or

(iv) Receives money or other property from a prostitute, without lawful consideration, knowing it was earned in whole or in part from prostitution.

(b) The felony defined by this section is punishable by imprisonment for not more than three

(3) years, a fine of not more than three thousand dollars ($3,000.00), or both. However, the crime is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both, under paragraph (i) of subsection (a) of this section if the person enticed or compelled is under eighteen (18) years of age.

West Virginia Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in West Virginia?

West Virginia prostitution laws prohibit having sex for money, soliciting a prostitute, patronizing a prostitute, recruiting sex workers, and receiving any sort of support from the sex work of others.

West Virginia Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of West Virginia

  • §61-8-5: Houses of ill fame and assignation; penalties; jurisdiction of courts
  • §61-8-6: Detention of person in place of prostitution; penalty
  • §61-8-7: Procuring for house of prostitution; penalty; venue; competency as witness; marriage no defense
  • §61-8-8: Receiving support from prostitution; pimping; penalty; prostitute may testify

 

§61-8-5: Houses of ill fame and assignation; penalties; jurisdiction of courts

(a) Any person who shall keep, set up, maintain, or operate any house, place, building, hotel, tourist camp, other structure, or part thereof, or vehicle, trailer, or other conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; or who shall own any place, house, hotel, tourist camp, other structure, or part thereof, or trailer or other conveyance knowing the same to be used for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, or who shall let, sublet, or rent any such place, premises, or conveyance to another with knowledge or good reason to know of the intention of the lessee or rentee to use such place, premises, or conveyance for prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; or who shall offer, or offer to secure, another for the purpose of prostitution, or for any other lewd or indecent act; or who shall receive or offer or agree to receive any person into any house, place, building, hotel, tourist camp, or other structure, or vehicle, trailer, or other conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, or to permit any person to remain there for such purpose; or who for another or others shall direct, take, or transport, or offer or agree to take or transport, or aid or assist in transporting, any person to any house, place, building, hotel, tourist camp, other structure, vehicle, trailer, or other conveyance, or to any other person with knowledge or having reasonable cause to believe that the purpose of such directing, taking, or transporting is prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; or who shall aid, abet, or participate in the doing of any acts herein prohibited, shall, upon conviction for the first offense under this section, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not less than six months nor more than one year, and by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars and not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars, and upon conviction for any subsequent offense under this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for a period of not less than one year nor more than five years.

(b) Any person who shall engage in prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, or who shall solicit, induce, entice, or procure another to commit an act of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; or who shall reside in, enter, or remain in any house, place, building, hotel, tourist camp, or other structure, or enter or remain in any vehicle, trailer, or other conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; or who shall aid, abet, or participate in the doing of any of the acts herein prohibited, shall, upon conviction for the first offense under this section, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than sixty days nor more than six months, and by a fine of not less than fifty dollars and not to exceed one hundred dollars; and upon conviction for the second offense under this section, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than six months nor more than one year, and by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars and not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars, and upon conviction for any subsequent offense under this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiaryfor not less than one year nor more than three years. The subsequent offense provision shall apply only to the pimp, panderer, solicitor, operator or any person benefiting financially or otherwise from the earnings of a prostitute.

(c) All leases and agreements, oral or written, for letting, subletting, or renting any house, place, building, hotel, tourist camp, or other structure which is used for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, shall be void from and after the date of any person who is a party to such an agreement shall be convicted of an offense hereunder. The term "tourist camp" shall include any temporary or permanent buildings, tents, cabins, or structures, or trailers, or other vehicles which are maintained, offered, or used for dwelling or sleeping quarters for pay.

(d) In the trial of any person, charged with a violation of any of the provisions of this section, testimony concerning the reputation or character of any house, place, building, hotel, tourist camp, or other structure, and of the person or persons who reside in or frequent same, and of the defendant or defendants, shall be admissible in evidence in support of the charge. Justices of the peace shall have concurrent jurisdiction with circuit, intermediate, and criminal courts to try and determine the misdemeanors set forth and described in this section.

§61-8-6: Detention of person in place of prostitution; penalty

Whoever shall by any means keep, hold, detain or restrain any person in a house of prostitution or other place where prostitution is practiced or allowed; or whoever shall, directly or indirectly, keep, hold, detain or restrain, or attempt to keep, hold, detain or restrain, in any house of prostitution or other place where prostitution is practiced or allowed, any person by any means, for the purpose of compelling such person, directly or indirectly, to pay, liquidate or cancel any debt, dues or obligations incurred or said to have been incurred by such person shall, upon conviction for the first offense under this section, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than six months nor more than one year, and by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, and upon conviction for any subsequent offense under this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for not less than one nor more than three years: Provided, That in any offense under this section where the person so kept, held, detained or restrained is a minor, any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction, shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than two years nor more than five years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

§61-8-7: Procuring for house of prostitution; penalty; venue; competency as witness; marriage no defense

Any person who shall procure an inmate for a house of prostitution, or who, by promises, threats, violence, or by any device or scheme, shall cause, induce, persuade or encourage a person to become an inmate of a house of prostitution, or shall procure a place as inmate in a house of prostitution for a person; or any person who shall, by promises, threats, violence, or by any device or scheme cause, induce, persuade or encourage an inmate of a house of prostitution to remain therein as such inmate; or any person who shall, by fraud or artifice, or by duress of person or goods, or by abuse of any position of confidence or authority, procure any person to become an inmate of a house of ill fame, or to enter any place in which prostitution is encouraged or allowed within this state, or to come into or leave this state for the purpose of prostitution, or who shall procure any person to become an inmate of a house of ill fame within this state or to come into or leave this state for the purpose of prostitution; or shall receive or give or agree to receive or give any money or thing of value for procuring or attempting to procure any person to become an inmate of a house of ill fame within this state, or to come into or leave this state for the purpose of prostitution, shall be guilty of pandering, and, upon a first conviction for an offense under this section, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than six months nor more than one year, and by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, and upon conviction for any subsequent offense under this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for a period of not less than one nor more than five years: Provided, That where the inmate referred to in this section is a minor, any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than two years nor more than five years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both. It shall not be a defense to prosecution for any of the acts prohibited in this section that any part of such act or acts shall have been committed outside of this state, and the offense shall in such case be deemed and alleged to have been committed and the offender tried and punished in any county in which the prostitution was intended to be practiced, or in which the offense was consummated, or any overt act in furtherance of the offense was committed. Any such person shall be a competent witness in any prosecution under this section to testify for or against the accused as to any transaction, or as to conversation with the accused, or by the accused with another person or persons in his or her presence, notwithstanding his or her having married the accused before or after the violation of any of the provisions of this section, whether called as a witness during the existence of the marriage or after its dissolution. The act or state of marriage shall not be a defense to any violation of this section.

§61-8-8: Receiving support from prostitution; pimping; penalty; prostitute may testify

Any person who, knowing another person to be a prostitute, shall live or derive support or maintenance, in whole or in part, from the earnings or proceeds of the prostitution of such prostitute, or from money loaned or advanced to or charged against such prostitution by any keeper or manager or inmate of a house or other place where prostitution is practiced or allowed, or shall tout or receive compensation for touting for such prostitution, shall be guilty of pimping, and, upon the first conviction for such offense, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than six months nor more than one year, and by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars; and, upon a conviction for any subsequent offense hereunder, shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for a period of not less than one nor more than three years: Provided, That where the prostitute referred to in this section is a minor, any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than two years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both. A prostitute shall be a competent witness in any prosecution hereunder to testify for or against the accused as to anytransaction or conversation with the accused, or by the accused with another person or persons in the presence of the prostitute, even if the prostitute may have married the accused before or after the violation of any of the provisions of this section, whether called as a witness during the existence of the marriage or after its dissolution.

Washington State Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Washington State?

Washington prostitution laws state that exchanging sex for any item of value is illegal. Soliciting, patronizing, or using a third party to facilitate sexual services are also crimes across the state.

Washington Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Washington State

  • RCW 9A.88.030: Prostitution
  • RCW 9A.88.050: Prostitution - Sex of parties immaterial - No defense
  • RCW 9A.88.060: Promoting prostitution - Definitions
  • RCW 9A.88.070: Promoting prostitution in the first degree
  • RCW 9A.88.080: Promoting prostitution in the second degree
  • RCW 9A.88.085: Promoting travel for prostitution
  • RCW 9A.88.090: Permitting prostitution
  • RCW 9A.88.110: Patronizing a prostitute
  • RCW 9A.88.120: Additional fee assessments
  • RCW 9A.88.130: Additional requirements
  • RCW 9A.88.140: Vehicle impoundment

 

RCW 9A.88.030: Prostitution

(1) A person is guilty of prostitution if such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual
conduct with another person in return for a fee.
(2) For purposes of this section, "sexual conduct" means "sexual intercourse" or "sexual contact,"
both as defined in chapter 9A.44 RCW.
(3) Prostitution is a misdemeanor.

RCW 9A.88.050: Prostitution - Sex of parties immaterial - No defense

In any prosecution for prostitution, the sex of the two parties or prospective parties to the sexual
conduct engaged in, contemplated, or solicited is immaterial, and it is no defense that:
(1) Such persons were of the same sex; or
(2) The person who received, agreed to receive, or solicited a fee was a male and the person who
paid or agreed or offered to pay such fee was female.

RCW 9A.88.060: Promoting prostitution - Definitions

The following definitions are applicable in RCW 9A.88.070 through 9A.88.090:
(1) "Advances prostitution." A person "advances prostitution" if, acting other than as a prostitute or
as a customer thereof, he causes or aids a person to commit or engage in prostitution, procures or
solicits customers for prostitution, provides persons or premises for prostitution purposes, operates
or assists in the operation of a house of prostitution or a prostitution enterprise, or engages in any
other conduct designed to institute, aid, or facilitate an act or enterprise of prostitution.
(2) "Profits from prostitution." A person "profits from prostitution" if, acting other than as a
prostitute receiving compensation for personally rendered prostitution services, he accepts or
receives money or other property pursuant to an agreement or understanding with any person
whereby he participates or is to participate in the proceeds of prostitution activity.

RCW 9A.88.070: Promoting prostitution in the first degree

(1) A person is guilty of promoting prostitution in the first degree if he knowingly:
(a) Advances prostitution by compelling a person by threat or force to engage in prostitution or
profits from prostitution which results from such threat or force; or
(b) Advances or profits from prostitution of a person less than eighteen years old.
(2) Promoting prostitution in the first degree is a class B felony.

RCW 9A.88.080: Promoting prostitution in the second degree

(1) A person is guilty of promoting prostitution in the second degree if he knowingly:
(a) Profits from prostitution; or
(b) Advances prostitution.
(2) Promoting prostitution in the second degree is a class C felony.

RCW 9A.88.085: Promoting travel for prostitution

(1) A person commits the offense of promoting travel for prostitution if the person knowingly sells
or offers to sell travel services that include or facilitate travel for the purpose of engaging in what
would be patronizing a prostitute or promoting prostitution, if occurring in the state.
(2) For purposes of this section, "travel services" has the same meaning as defined in RCW
19.138.021.
(3) Promoting travel for prostitution is a class C felony.

RCW 9A.88.090: Permitting prostitution

(1) A person is guilty of permitting prostitution if, having possession or control of premises which
he knows are being used for prostitution purposes, he fails without lawful excuse to make reasonable
effort to halt or abate such use.
(2) Permitting prostitution is a misdemeanor.

RCW 9A.88.110: Patronizing a prostitute

(1) A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute if:
(a) Pursuant to a prior understanding, he or she pays a fee to another person as compensation for such
person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with him or her; or
(b) He or she pays or agrees to pay a fee to another person pursuant to an understanding that in return
therefor such person will engage in sexual conduct with him or her; or
(c) He or she solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her in return
for a fee.
(2) For purposes of this section, "sexual conduct" has the meaning given in RCW 9A.88.030.
(3) Patronizing a prostitute is a misdemeanor.

RCW 9A.88.120: Additional fee assessments

(1)
(a) In addition to penalties set forth in RCW 9A.88.010, 9A.88.030, and 9A.88.090, a person who
is either convicted or given a deferred sentence or a deferred prosecution as a result of an arrest for
violating RCW 9A.88.010, 9A.88.030, 9A.88.090, or comparable county or municipal ordinances
shall be assessed a fifty dollar fee.
(b) In addition to penalties set forth in RCW 9A.88.110, a person who is either convicted or given
a deferred sentence or a deferred prosecution as a result of an arrest for violating RCW 9A.88.110
or a comparable county or municipal ordinance shall be assessed a one hundred fifty dollar fee.
(c) In addition to penalties set forth in RCW 9A.88.070 and 9A.88.080, a person who is either
convicted or given a deferred sentence or a deferred prosecution as a result of an arrest for violating
RCW9A.88.070, 9A.88.080, or comparable countyor municipal ordinances shall be assessed a three
hundred dollar fee.
(2) The court may not suspend payment of all or part of the fee unless it finds that the person does
not have the ability to pay.
(3) When a minor has been adjudicated a juvenile offender for an offense which, if committed by
an adult, would constitute a violation under this chapter or comparable county or municipal
ordinances, the court shall assess the fee as specified under subsection (1) of this section. The court
may not suspend payment of all or part of the fee unless it finds that the minor does not have the
ability to pay the fee.
(4) Any fee assessed under this section shall be collected by the clerk of the court and distributed
each month to the state treasurer for deposit in the prostitution prevention and intervention account
under RCW 43.63A.740 for the purpose of funding prostitution prevention and intervention
activities.

RCW 9A.88.130: Additional requirements

(1) When sentencing or imposing conditions on a person convicted of, or receiving a deferred
sentence or deferred prosecution for, violating RCW 9A.88.110 or 9.68A.100, the court must impose
a requirement that the offender:
(a) Not be subsequently arrested for patronizing a prostitute or patronizing a juvenile prostitute; and
(b) Remain outside the geographical area, prescribed by the court, in which the person was arrested
for violating RCW 9A.88.110 or 9.68A.100, unless such a requirement would interfere with the
person's legitimate employment or residence or otherwise be infeasible.
(2) This requirement is in addition to the penalties set forth in RCW 9A.88.110, 9A.88.120, and
9.68A.100.

RCW 9A.88.140: Vehicle impoundment

(1) Upon an arrest for a suspected violation of patronizing a prostitute or patronizing a juvenile
prostitute, the arresting law enforcement officer may impound the person's vehicle if (a) the motor
vehicle was used in the commission of the crime; (b) the person arrested is the owner of the vehicle;
and (c) the person arrested has previously been convicted of patronizing a prostitute, under RCW
9A.88.110, or patronizing a juvenile prostitute, under RCW 9.68A.100.
(2) Impoundments performed under this section shall be in accordance with chapter 46.55 RCW.

Virginia Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Virginia?

Virginia prostitution laws declare that it is a class one misdemeanor to offer money for sex or exchange anything for a sexual act. The money is not required to have actually exchanged hands for a crime to have been committed.

Virginia Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Virginia

  • § 18.2-346: Being a prostitute or prostitution
  • § 18.2-350: Confinement of convicted prostitutes and persons violating §§ 18.2-347 through 18.2-349
  • § 18.2-346.1: Testing of convicted prostitutes and injection drug users for infection with human immunodeficiency viruses and hepatitis C; limited disclosure
  • § 18.2-355: Taking, detaining, etc., person for prostitution, etc., or consenting thereto
  • § 18.2-347: Keeping, residing in or frequenting a bawdy place; "bawdy place" defined
  • § 18.2-356: Receiving money for procuring person
  • § 18.2-348: Aiding prostitution or illicit sexual intercourse
  • § 18.2-357: Receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute
  • § 18.2-349: Using vehicles to promote prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse
  • § 18.2-359: Venue for criminal sexual assault or where any person transported for criminal sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual assault, or purposes of unlawful sexual intercourse, crimes against nature, and indecent liberties with children

 

§ 18.2-346: Being a prostitute or prostitution

A. Anyperson who, for money or its equivalent, commits adultery, fornication or anyact in violation of § 18.2-361, or offers to commit adultery, fornication or any act in violation of § 18.2-361 and thereafter does any substantial act in furtherance thereof, shall be guilty of being a prostitute, or prostitution, which shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

B. Any person who offers money or its equivalent to another for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts as enumerated above and thereafter does any substantial act in furtherance thereof shall be guilty of solicitation of prostitution and shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

§ 18.2-346.1: Testing of convicted prostitutes and injection drug users for infection with human immunodeficiency viruses and hepatitis C; limited disclosure

A. As soon as practicable following conviction of any person for violation of § 18.2-346 or 18.2-361, or any violation of Article 1 (§ 18.2-247 et seq.) or 1.1 (§ 18.2-265.1 et seq.) of Chapter 7 involving the possession, sale, or use of a controlled substance in a form amenable to intravenous use; or the possession, sale, or use of hypodermic syringes, needles, or other objects designed or intended for use in parenteral injection controlled substances into the human body, such person shall be required to submit to testing for infection with human immunodeficiency viruses and hepatitis C. The convicted person shall receive counseling from personnel of the Department of Health concerning

(i) the meaning of the test,

(ii) acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and hepatitis C, and

(iii) the transmission and prevention of infection with human immunodeficiency viruses and hepatitis C.

B. Tests for human immunodeficiency viruses shall be conducted to confirm any initial positive test results before any test result shall be determined to be positive for infection. The results of such test shall be confidential as provided in § 32.1-36.1 and shall be disclosed to the person who is the subject of the test and to the Department of Health as required by § 32.1-36. The Department shall conduct surveillance and investigation in accordance with the requirements of § 32.1-39.

C. Upon receiving a report of a positive test for hepatitis C, the State Health Commissioner may share protected health information relating to such positive test with relevant sheriffs' offices, the state police, local police departments, adult or youth correctional facilities, salaried or volunteer firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians, officers of the court, and regional or local jails

(i) to the extent necessary to advise exposed individuals of the risk of infection and to enable exposed individuals to seek appropriate testing and treatment, and

(ii) as may be needed to prevent and control disease and is deemed necessary to prevent serious harm and serious threats to the health and safety of individuals and the public. The disclosed protected health information shall be held confidential; no person to whom such information is disclosed shall redisclose or otherwise reveal the protected health information without first obtaining the specific authorization from the individual who was the subject of the test for such redisclosure. Such protected health information shall only be used to protect the health and safety of individuals and the public in conformance with the regulations concerning patient privacy promulgated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, as such regulations may be amended.

D. The results of the tests shall not be admissible in any criminal proceeding related to prostitution or drug use. The cost of the tests shall be paid by the Commonwealth and taxed as part of the cost of such criminal proceedings.

§ 18.2-347: Keeping, residing in or frequenting a bawdy place;

"bawdy place" defined It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any bawdy place, or to reside in or at or visit, for immoral purposes, any such bawdy place. Each and every day such bawdy place shall be kept, resided in or visited, shall constitute a separate offense. In a prosecution under this section the general reputation of the place may be proved. As used in this Code, "bawdy place" shall mean any place within or without any building or structure which is used or is to be used for lewdness, assignation or prostitution.

§ 18.2-348: Aiding prostitution or illicit sexual intercourse

It shall be unlawful for any person or any officer, employee or agent of any firm, association or corporation, with knowledge of, or good reason to believe, the immoral purpose of such visit, to take or transport or assist in taking or transporting, or offer to take or transport on foot or in any way, any person to a place, whether within or without any building or structure, used or to be used for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution within this Commonwealth; or procure or assist in procuring for the purpose of illicit sexual intercourse, or any act violative of § 18.2-361, or to give any information or direction to any person with intent to enable such person to commit an act of prostitution.

§ 18.2-349: Using vehicles to promote prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse

It shall be unlawful for any owner or chauffeur of any vehicle, with knowledge or reason to believe the same is to be used for such purpose, to use the same or to allow the same to be used for the purpose of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse, or to aid or promote such prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse by the use of any such vehicle.

§ 18.2-350: Confinement of convicted prostitutes and persons violating §§ 18.2-347 through 18.2-349

Every person convicted of being a prostitute and every person convicted of violating any of the provisions of §§ 18.2-347 through 18.2-349 shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor; provided, however, that in any case in which a city or county farm or hospital is available for the confinement of persons so convicted, confinement may be in such farm or hospital, in the discretion of the court or judge.

§ 18.2-355: Taking, detaining, etc., person for prostitution, etc., or consenting thereto

Any person who:

(1) For purposes of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse, takes any person into, or persuades, encourages or causes any person to enter, a bawdy place, or takes or causes such person to be taken to any place against his or her will for such purposes; or,

(2) Takes or detains a person against his or her will with the intent to compel such person, by force, threats, persuasions, menace or duress, to marry him or her or to marry any other person, or to be defiled; or,

(3) Being parent, guardian, legal custodian or one standing in loco parentis of a person, consents to such person being taken or detained by any person for the purpose of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse; is guilty of pandering, and shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

§ 18.2-356: Receiving money for procuring person

Any person who shall receive any money or other valuable thing for or on account of procuring for or placing in a house of prostitution or elsewhere any person for the purpose of causing such person to engage in unlawful sexual intercourse or any act in violation of § 18.2-361 shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

§ 18.2-357: Receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute

Any person who shall knowingly receive anymoney or other valuable thing from the earnings of any male or female engaged in prostitution, except for a consideration deemed good and valuable in law, shall be guilty of pandering, punishable as a Class 4 felony.

§ 18.2-359: Venue for criminal sexual assault or where any person transported for criminal sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual assault, or purposes of unlawful sexual intercourse, crimes against nature, and indecent liberties with children

A. Any person transporting or attempting to transport through or across this Commonwealth, any person for the purposes of unlawful sexual intercourse or prostitution, or for the purpose of committing any crime specified in § 18.2-361 or § 18.2-370, or for the purposes of committing or attempting to commit criminal sexual assault under Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of this title, may be presented, indicted, tried, and convicted in any county or city in which any part of such transportation occurred.

B. Venue for the trial of any person charged with committing or attempting to commit criminal sexual assault under Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of this title may be had in the county or city in which such crime is alleged to have occurred or in any county or city through which the victim was transported by the defendant prior to the commission of such offense.

C. Venue for the trial of any person charged with committing or attempting to commit criminal sexual assault under Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of this title against a person under 18 years of age may be had in the county or city in which such crime is alleged to have occurred or, when the county or city where the offense is alleged to have occurred cannot be determined, then in the county or city where the person under 18 years of age resided at the time of the offense.

Vermont Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Vermont?

Vermont prostitution laws make sex work a crime throughout the state. Progressive legislation was introduced in 2020 which would provide limited criminal immunity to sex workers who report a crime committed against themselves. This legislation has Decriminalize Sex Work’s full support.

Vermont Prostitution Laws


 

Prostitution Laws of Vermont

  • § 2631: Definitions
  • § 2632: Prohibited acts
  • § 2634: Terms of probation
  • § 2635: Slave traffic
  • § 2636: Unlawful procurement
  • § 2637: Appropriating or levying upon earnings of prostitute

 

§ 2631: Definitions

The term "prostitution" shall be construed to include the offering or receiving of the body for sexual intercourse for hire and shall also be construed to include the offering or receiving of the body for indiscriminate sexual intercourse without hire. The term "lewdness" shall be construed to mean open and gross lewdness. The term "assignation" shall be construed to include the making of an appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness as defined in this section.

§ 2632: Prohibited acts

(a) A person shall not:

(1) Occupy a place, structure, building or conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(2) Knowingly permit a place, structure, building or conveyance owned by the person or under the person's control to be used for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(3) Receive or offer, or agree to receive, a person into a place, structure, building or conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(4) Permit a person to remain in a place, structure, building or conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(5) Direct, take or transport or offer or agree to take or transport a person to a place, structure, building or conveyance or to any other person knowingly, or with reasonable cause to know that the purpose of such directing, taking or transporting is prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(6) Procure or solicit or offer to procure or solicit a person for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(7) Reside in, enter or remain in a place, structure or building or enter or remain in a conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(8) Engage in prostitution, lewdness or assignation; or

(9) Aid or abet prostitution, lewdness or assignation, by any means whatsoever.

(b) A person who violates a provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $100.00 or may be imprisoned not more than one year. For a second offense such person shall be imprisoned for not more than three years.

§ 2634: Terms of probation

Probation or parole shall be granted or ordered in the case of a person infected with a venereal disease only on such terms and conditions as shall insure medical treatment therefor and prevent the spread of such disease.

§ 2635: Slave traffic

(a) A person shall not:

(1) Induce, entice or procure a person to come into the state or to go from the state for the purpose of prostitution or for any immoral purpose or to enter a house of prostitution in the state;

(2) Wilfully or knowingly aid such person in obtaining transportation to or within the state for such purposes;

(3) Place a person in the charge or custody of another person for immoral purposes or in a house of prostitution;

(4) Induce, entice, procure or compel such person to reside in a house of prostitution; or

(5) Induce, entice, procure or compel such person to live a life of prostitution.

(b) A person violating a provision hereof shall be imprisoned not more than ten years nor less than one year or fined not more than $2,000.00 nor less than $200.00, or both.

§ 2636: Unlawful procurement

(a) A person shall not:

(1) Induce, entice, procure or compel a person, for the purpose of prostitution or for any other immoral purposes, to enter a house of prostitution;

(2) Receive money or other valuable consideration for or on account of placing a person in a house of prostitution;

(3) Pay money or other valuable consideration to procure a person for the purpose of placing such person for immoral purposes in a house of prostitution, with or without the person's consent; or

(4) Knowingly receive money or other valuable thing for or on account of procuring or placing a person in a house of prostitution for immoral purposes, with or without the person's consent.

(b) A person violating a provision hereof shall be punished as provided in section 2635 of this title.

§ 2637: Appropriating or levying upon earnings of prostitute

(a) A person shall not:

(1) Hold, detain or restrain a person in a house of prostitution for the purpose of compelling such person, directly or indirectly, by the person's voluntary or involuntary service or labor, to pay, liquidate, or cancel a debt, dues or obligations incurred or claimed to have been incurred in such house of prostitution; or

(2) Accept, receive, levy or appropriate money or other valuable thing from the proceeds or earnings of a person engaged in prostitution.

(b) An acceptance, receipt, levy or appropriation of such money or valuable thing shall be presumptive evidence of lack of consideration.

(c) A person who violates a provision of this section shall be punished as provided in section 2635 of this title.

Texas Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Texas?

Texas prostitution laws make it a crime to knowingly engage in or offer to engage in sexual acts for compensation or to solicit another person for those acts in a public place.

Texas Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Texas

  • § 43.01: DEFINITIONS
  • § 43.02: PROSTITUTION
  • § 43.03: PROMOTION OF PROSTITUTION
  • § 43.04: AGGRAVATED PROMOTION OF PROSTITUTION
  • § 43.05: COMPELLING PROSTITUTION
  • § 43.06: ACCOMPLICE WITNESS; TESTIMONY AND IMMUNITY

 

§ 43.01: DEFINITIONS

In this subchapter:

(1) "Deviate sexual intercourse"means any contact between the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person.

(2) "Prostitution" means the offense defined in Section 43.02.

(3) "Sexual contact" means any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.

(4) "Sexual conduct" includes deviate sexual intercourse, sexual contact, and sexual intercourse.

(5) "Sexual intercourse" means any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.

§ 43.02: PROSTITUTION

(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly:

(1) offers to engage, agrees to engage, or engages in sexual conduct for a fee; or

(2) solicits another in a public place to engage with him in sexual conduct for hire.

(b) An offense is established under Subsection (a)(1) whether the actor is to receive or pay a fee. An offense is established under Subsection (a)(2) whetherthe actor solicits a person to hire him or offers to hire the person solicited.

(c) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor, unless the actor has previously been convicted one or two times of an offense under this section, in which event it is a Class A misdemeanor. If the actor has previously been convicted three or more times of an offense under this section, the offense is a state jail felony.

§ 43.03: PROMOTION OF PROSTITUTION

(a) A person commits an offense if, acting other than as a prostitute receiving compensation for personally rendered prostitution services, he or she knowingly:

(1) receives money or other property pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution; or

(2) solicits another to engage in sexual conduct with another person for compensation.

(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

§ 43.04: AGGRAVATED PROMOTION OF PROSTITUTION

(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes.

(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.

§ 43.05: COMPELLING PROSTITUTION

(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly:

(1) causes another by force, threat, or fraud to commit prostitution; or

(2) causes by any means a person younger than 17 years to commit prostitution.

(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.

§ 43.06: ACCOMPLICE WITNESS; TESTIMONY AND IMMUNITY

(a) A party to an offense under this subchapter may be required to furnish evidence or testify about the offense.

(b) A party to an offense under this subchapter may not be prosecuted for any offense about which he is required to furnish evidence or testify, and the evidence and testimony may not be used against the party in any adjudicatory proceeding except a prosecution for aggravated perjury.

(c) For purposes of this section, "adjudicatory proceeding" means a proceeding before a court or any other agency of government in which the legal rights, powers, duties, or privileges of specified parties are determined.

(d) A conviction under this subchapter may be had upon the uncorroborated testimony of a party to the offense.

Utah Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in Utah?

Utah prostitution laws make engaging in, soliciting, or patronizing a prostitute a third degree felony. Even aiding prostitution is illegal across the state.

Utah Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of Utah

  • 76-10-1301: Definitions
  • 76-10-1302: Prostitution
  • 76-10-1303: Patronizing a prostitute
  • 76-10-1304: Aiding prostitution
  • 76-10-1305: Exploiting prostitution
  • 76-10-1306: Aggravated exploitation of prostitution
  • 76-10-1307: Local ordinance consistent with code provisions
  • 76-10-1309: Enhanced penalties -- HIV positive offender

 

76-10-1301: Definitions

For the purposes of this part:

(1) "House of prostitution" means a place where prostitution or promotion of prostitution is regularly carried on by one or more persons under the control, management, or supervision of another.

(2) "Inmate" means a person who engages in prostitution in or through the agency of a house of prostitution.

(3) "Public place" means any place to which the public or any substantial group of the public has access.

(4) "Sexual activity" means acts of masturbation, sexual intercourse, or any sexual act involving the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person, regardless of the sex of either participant.

76-10-1302: Prostitution

(1) A person is guilty of prostitution when:

(a) he engages in any sexual activity with another person for a fee;

(b) is an inmate of a house of prostitution; or

(c) loiters in or within view of any public place for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity.

(2) Prostitution is a class B misdemeanor. However, any person who is convicted a second time, and on all subsequent convictions, under this section or under a local ordinance adopted in compliance with Section 76-10-1307 is guilty of a class A misdemeanor, except as provided in Section 76-10-1309.

76-10-1303: Patronizing a prostitute

(1) A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute when: (a) he pays or offers or agrees to pay another person a fee for the purpose of engaging in an act of sexual activity; or (b) he enters or remains in a house of prostitution for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. (2) Patronizing a prostitute is a class B misdemeanor, except as provided in Section 76-10-1309.

76-10-1304: Aiding prostitution

(1) A person is guilty of aiding prostitution if he:

(a) solicits a person to patronize a prostitute;

(b) procures or attempts to procure a prostitute for a patron;

(c) leases or otherwise permits a place controlled by the actor, alone or in association with another, to be used for prostitution or the promotion of prostitution; or

(d) solicits, receives, or agrees to receive any benefit for doing any of the acts prohibited by this subsection.

(2) Aiding prostitution is a class B misdemeanor. However, a person who is convicted a second time, and on all subsequent convictions, under this section or under a local ordinance adopted in compliance with Section 76-10-1307 is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

76-10-1305: Exploiting prostitution

(1) A person is guilty of exploiting prostitution if he:

(a) procures an inmate for a house of prostitution or place in a house of prostitution for one who would be an inmate;

(b) encourages, induces, or otherwise purposely causes another to become or remain a prostitute;

(c) transports a person into or within this state with a purpose to promote that person's engaging in prostitution or procuring or paying for transportation with that purpose;

(d) not being a child or legal dependent of a prostitute, shares the proceeds of prostitution with a prostitute pursuant to their understanding that he is to share therein; or

(e) owns, controls, manages, supervises, or otherwise keeps, alone or in association with another, a house of prostitution or a prostitution business.

(2) Exploiting prostitution is a felony of the third degree.

76-10-1306: Aggravated exploitation of prostitution

(1) A person is guilty of aggravated exploitation if:

(a) in committing an act of exploiting prostitution, as defined in Section 76-10-1305, he uses any force, threat, or fear against any person; or

(b) the person procured, transported, or persuaded or with whom he shares the proceeds of prostitution is under eighteen years of age or is the wife of the actor.

(2) Aggravated exploitation of prostitution is a felony of the second degree.

76-10-1307: Local ordinance consistent with code provisions

An ordinance adopted by a local authority governing prostitution or aiding prostitution shall be consistent with the provisions of this part which govern those matters.

76-10-1309: Enhanced penalties -- HIV positive offender

A person who is an HIV positive individual and has actual knowledge of that fact and has received written personal notice of the positive test results from a law enforcement agencypursuant to Section 76-10-1312 and is convicted of:

(1) prostitution under Section 76-10-1302 shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree;

(2) patronizing a prostitute under Section 76-10-1303 shall be guilty of a felony of a third degree; or

(3) sexual solicitation under Section 76-10-1313 shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree

South Dakota Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in South Dakota?

South Dakota prostitution laws make it a crime to either buy or sell sexual services. Prostitution is a misdemeanor in South Dakota.

South Dakota Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of South Dakota

  • 22-23-1: Prostitution--Misdemeanor
  • 22-23-1.1: Sexual activity defined
  • 22-23-2: Promoting prostitution--Felony
  • 22-23-8: Pimping--Renting for prostitution--Felony
  • 22-23-9: Hiring for sexual activity--Misdemeanor

 

22-23-1: Prostitution--Misdemeanor

Any person who engages in or offers to engage in sexual activity for a fee is guilty of prostitution. Prostitution is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

22-23-1.1: Sexual activity defined

As used in this chapter the term, sexual activity, references both sexual penetration, as defined in § 22-22-2, and sexual contact, as defined in § 22- 22-7.1.

22-23-2: Promoting prostitution--Felony

Any person who:

(1) Encourages, induces, procures, or otherwise purposely causes another to become or remain a prostitute;

(2) Promotes the prostitution of a minor; or

(3) Promotes the prostitution of his or her spouse, child, ward, or other dependant person; is guilty of promoting prostitution. Promoting prostitution is a Class 5 felony.

22-23-8: Pimping--Renting for prostitution--Felony

Any person who:

(1) Solicits another person to patronize a prostitute;

(2) Procures a prostitute for a patron;

(3) Transports a person into or within this state to engage in prostitution, or procures or pays for transportation for that purpose;

(4) Knowingly permits a place owned, managed, supervised, or controlled by himself or herself, alone, or in association with others, to be regularly used for prostitution or the promotion of prostitution, or fails to make reasonable effort to abate such use by ejecting the tenant, notifying law enforcement authorities, or using other legally available means; or

(5) Solicits, receives, or agrees to receive any benefit for doing or agreeing to do anything prohibited by this section; is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

22-23-9: Hiring for sexual activity--Misdemeanor

Any person who hires or attempts to hire another person for a fee to engage in sexual activity is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

South Carolina Prostitution Laws

Is prostitution legal in South Carolina?

South Carolina prostitution laws prohibit the exchange of money or other compensation for sexual acts. Even entering a place or vehicle for the purpose of lewdness is a crime in South Carolina.

South Carolina Prostitution Laws

 

Prostitution Laws of South Carolina

  • SECTION 16-15-90: Prostitution; lewdness, assignation and prostitution generally
  • SECTION 16-15-100: Prostitution; further unlawful acts
  • SECTION 16-15-110: Prostitution; violations

 

SECTION 16-15-90: Prostitution; lewdness, assignation and prostitution generally

It shall be unlawful to:

(1) Engage in prostitution;

(2) Aid or abet prostitution knowingly;

(3) Procure or solicit for the purpose of prostitution;

(4) Expose indecently the private person for the purpose of prostitution or other indecency;

(5) Reside in, enter or remain in any place, structure, building, vehicle, trailer or conveyance for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution;

(6) Keep or set up a house of ill fame, brothel or bawdyhouse;

(7) Receive any person for purposes of lewdness, assignation or prostitution into any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building;

(8) Permit any person to remain for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution in any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building;

(9) Direct, take or transport, offer or agree to take or transport or aid or assist in transporting any person to any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building or to any other person with knowledge or having reasonable cause to believe that the purpose of such directing, taking or transporting is prostitution, lewdness or assignation;

(10) Lease or rent or contract to lease or rent any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building or part thereof believing or having reasonable cause to believe that it is intended to be used for any of the purposes herein prohibited; or

(11) Aid, abet, or participate knowingly in the doing of any of the acts herein prohibited.

SECTION 16-15-100: Prostitution; further unlawful acts

It shall further be unlawful to:

(1) Procure a female inmate for a house of prostitution;

(2) Cause, induce, persuade or encourage by promise, threat, violence or by any scheme or device a female to become a prostitute or to remain an inmate of a house of prostitution;

(3) Induce, persuade or encourage a female to come into or leave this State for the purpose of prostitution or to become an inmate in a house of prostitution;

(4) Receive or give or agree to receive or give any money or thing of value for procuring or attempting to procure any female to become a prostitute or an inmate in a house of prostitution;

(5) Accept or receive knowingly any money or other thing of value without consideration from a prostitute; or

(6) Aid, abet or participate knowingly in the doing of any of the acts herein prohibited.

SECTION 16-15-110: Prostitution; violations

Any person violating any provision of Sections 16-15-90 and 16-15-100 must, upon conviction, be punished as follows:

(1) for the first offense, a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars or confinement in prison for a period of not more than thirty days;

(2) for the second offense, a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or imprisonment for not exceeding six months, or both;

(3) for the third or any subsequent offense, a fine not exceeding three thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than one year, or both.