Prostitution is a serious offense and often results in serious consequences. Across the country, each state has different laws about prostitution, and Oregon is no different. To put it simply, under Oregon law, it’s a crime to buy or sell sex, make money from prostitution, or force another to engage in prostitution. We compiled a quick guide to the common prostitution-related crimes and their consequences. Read on for more information.
Patronizing or Solicitation
There are three specific kinds of prostitution-related crimes, and solicitation is one of them. To receive a patronizing or solicitation charge, a person must buy sex. People who do so are often called “johns” and commit this crime by paying, offering to pay, or agreeing to pay for sexual acts. More often than not, the law will go more directly after the people who sell sex rather than the people who pay for sex. However, the punishment is much more severe if the prostituted person is a minor.
Example of Solicitation:
Someone offering money to someone to have sex—the actual crime does not have to take place for an individual to get charged with solicitation. If the request was made and money offered, then solicitation took place.
Promoting prostitution is also called “pimping” or “pandering”, and it mostly deals with the people who maintain a place of prostitution. The laws against promoting target those who benefit from the individuals who actually follow through with the sexual acts. In Oregon, the defendant has to know that prostitution occurred to actually get charged.
Examples of Promoting Prostitution:
- Causing a person to engage in prostitution
- Aiding or facilitating prostitution (basically a person who finds customers for prostitutes)
- Owning or managing a place of prostitution (two or more prostitutes)
The final type of prostitution crime is compelling prostitution; a person tries to compel another person to engage in or attempt prostitution. To put it simply, if an individual attempts to get someone else to engage in prostitution, that is considered compelling prostitution. If the person forced to engage in prostitution is under 18 years of age, the consequence are more severe.
Examples of Compelling Prostitution:
- Forcing or intimidating someone else into engaging in prostitution
- Forcing a child, stepchild, or spouse to engage in prostitution
- Forcing a minor to engage in prostitution
Prostitution and patronizing are class A misdemeanors and punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $6,250. Patronizing a minor results in a fine of $10,000 or as much as the defendant can pay. Promoting prostitution is a class C felony, and it results in five years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000. Compelling prostitution is the most serious offense—it’s considered a Class B felony. You can receive up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
If you or someone you know has been charged with any of these common prostitution-related crimes, reach out to an experienced prostitution attorney in Portland—contact Jared Justice, today.