Prostitution Articles

Punishment if You Are Convicted of Soliciting a Prostitute (Penal Code 647b)

You may think prostitution is an innocent crime that harms no one. In fact, you may not even realize that prostitution is an illegal activity. However, you face serious criminal consequences if you solicit sexual activity. What consequences do you face if you are accused of prostitution in California? Punishment for Prostitution in California If you are convicted of soliciting a prostitute and you have no prior record for committing…

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Did California Really Legalize Prostitution for Minors? (PC 647)

Sometimes, our lawmakers pass laws that appear to defy logic and common sense. A new California law, SB 1322, is one of those laws. As of January 1, 2017, any minor who engages in sexual activity for pay cannot be convicted of prostitution. You do not need to check your eyes: California will not charge minors with the crime of prostitution. Opponents of the bill claim that this law will…

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Can You Be Arrested for Simply Talking to a Prostitute? (California Penal Code Section 647(b))

Police in Temecula have been conducting undercover sting operations in order to catch those who engage in prostitution. The focus of the program is to arrest men who are seeking out prostitutes through social media websites.1 Because of the widespread use of social media, the Temecula Police Department has centered its efforts on making sure people who use social media as a platform for prostitution are caught. So far in…

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Could Prostitution Be Legal in California Soon?

Saying that current California prostitution laws violate their right to privacy and their freedom of speech, a San Francisco-based sex workers’ rights organization is fighting for prostitution to be legalized in California. The group, Erotic Service Provider Legal, Educational and Research Project (ESPLERP), has filed a federal lawsuit challenging California prostitution laws. The suit names Attorney General Kamala Harris, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, and three other Bay Area…

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The Blurry Line Between Escort Services and Prostitution

Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts into a star almost overnight. She had been in a number of films before starring as the “hooker with a heart of gold,” but nothing she had done had made her catch the public’s attention quite like this. In the film, Roberts plays Vivian Ward, a prostitute who offers driving directions to a wealthy businessman named Edward Lewis (played by Richard Gere). Lewis offers her…

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LA County Latest to Start Shaming Those Who Pay Prostitutes

Public shaming has become the latest trend in the fight against sex trafficking and prostitution. LA County has voted to follow several other city and county governments in an attempt to deter child sex trafficking. The LA County Board of Supervisors recently voted unanimously to request a plan from county attorneys that provides “for the publication of the names of individuals convicted of soliciting prostitution…with a particular emphasis on individuals…

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Elements Required in a Kidnapping of a Minor for Prostitution Charge (California Penal Code Section 267)

California Penal Code Section 267 prohibits kidnapping of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. To convict you of this crime, a prosecutor must satisfy all of the following elements of this offense: You take away any other person; That person is under the age of 18; You take away the person from their father, mother or legal guardian; You do not have his or her consent; and You take…

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Super Bowl Prostitution Ring Busted: Consequences of Sex Trafficking in California, Pimping & Pandering (Penal Code Sections 266i and 266h, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 117)

Trafficking minors for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity can be prosecuted under state or federal law. You can be charged under federal law if your sex trafficking involved interstate or international travel, among other reasons. Alternatively, you may be prosecuted according to California’s laws prohibiting activities associated with prostitution. Pimping and pandering are among California’s prostitution laws, which prohibit soliciting prostitution and procuring someone to become a…

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Penalties for Prostitution – PC 647(b)

You are a struggling college student. Unable to make your tuition payments, you agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with an older gentleman who offered to make these payments for you. Now, you are being charged with agreeing to engage in prostitution under California Penal Code section 647(b). What penalties for prostitution do you face if you are convicted of agreeing to engage in the crime? Penalties for Prostitution PC…

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3 Things You Should Know If You Are Charged With Prostitution (PC 647(B))

You are a struggling college student. Unable to make your tuition payments, you agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with an older gentleman who offered to make these payments for you. Now, you are being charged with agreeing to engage in prostitution under California Penal Code section 647(b). What penalties do you face if you are convicted of agreeing to engage in prostitution? 1. The Penalties For A PC 647(B)…

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