Is prostitution legal in Kansas?
Kansas prostitution laws state that it is illegal to engage in buying sex, selling sex, offering to sell sex, or agreeing to sell sex. It is even a crime to simply visit a sex worker at their place of work.
Prostitution Laws of Kansas
- 21-3512: Prostitution
- 21-3513: Promoting prostitution
- 21-3515: Patronizing a prostitute
(a) Prostitution is performing for hire, or offering or agreeing to perform for hire where there is an exchange of value, any of the following acts:
(1) Sexual intercourse;
(2) sodomy; or
(3) manual or other bodily contact stimulation of the genitals of any person with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of the offender or another.
(b) Prostitution is a class B nonperson misdemeanor.
21-3513: Promoting prostitution
(a) Promoting prostitution is:
(1) Establishing, owning, maintaining or managing a house of prostitution, or participating in the establishment, ownership, maintenance, or management thereof;
(2) permitting any place partially or wholly owned or controlled by the defendant to be used as a house of prostitution;
(3) procuring a prostitute for a house of prostitution;
(4) inducing another to become a prostitute;
(5) soliciting a patron for a prostitute or for a house of prostitution;
(6) procuring a prostitute for a patron;
(7) procuring transportation for, paying for the transportation of, or transporting a person within this state with the intention of assisting or promoting that person's engaging in prostitution; or
(8) being employed to perform any act which is prohibited by this section.
(b) (1) Promoting prostitution is a class A person misdemeanor when the prostitute is 16 or more years of age.
(2) Promoting prostitution when the prostitute is 16 or more years of age is a severity level 7, person felony if committed by a person who has, prior to the commission of the crime, been convicted of promoting prostitution.
(3) Promoting prostitution is a severity level 6, person felony when the prostitute is under 16 years of age.
21-3515: Patronizing a prostitute
(1) Patronizing a prostitute is either:
(a) Knowingly entering or remaining in a house of prostitution with intent to engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy or any unlawful sexual act with a prostitute; or
(b) knowingly hiring a prostitute to engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy or any unlawful sexual act.
(2) Patronizing a prostitute is a class C misdemeanor.