Is prostitution legal in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire prostitution laws make sex work illegal throughout the state. Recent legislative efforts attempted to decriminalize sex work in the state. Those efforts were not successful.
Prostitution Laws of New Hampshire
645:2: Prostitution and Related Offenses
I. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person:
(a) Solicits, agrees to perform, or engages in sexual contact as defined in RSA 632-A:1, IV or sexual penetration as defined in RSA 632-A:1, V, in return for consideration; or
(b) Induces or otherwise purposely causes another to violate subparagraph (a); or
(c) Transports another into or within this state with the purpose of promoting or facilitating such other in engaging in conduct in violation of subparagraph (a); or
(d) Not being a legal dependent incapable of self support, knowingly is supported in whole or in part by the proceeds of violation of subparagraph (a); or
(e) Knowingly permits a place under such person's control to be used for violation of subparagraph (a); or
(f) Pays, agrees to pay, or offers to pay another person to engage in sexual contact as defined in RSA 632-A:1, IV or sexual penetration as defined in RSA 632-A:1, V, with the payor or with another person.
II. A person is guilty of a class B felony if such person violates the provisions of subparagraphs (b), (c), (d), or (e) of paragraph I and the violation: (a) Involves another person who is under the age of 18; or (b) Involved compelling another person by force or intimidation.
III. A person is guilty under this section regardless of the sex of the persons involved.