Prostitution Crimes in California
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Although it is considered the “oldest profession in the world,”
prostitution is illegal in California. If you are charged with prostitution,
solicitation, as well as pimping and pandering, it can result in harsh
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California Prostitution Laws & Penalties
Prostitution means engaging in sexual intercourse or any lewd act with
another person in exchange for money or something of value. On the other
hand, soliciting prostitution means to lure, or attempt to elicit or induce
to engage in an act of prostitution. Prostitution, solicitation, and agreeing
to engage in an act of prostitution are all considered misdemeanors, punishable
by a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine of up to $1,000.
However, if you are convicted of your second prostitution or solicitation
offense, you could be subject to a 45-day minimum jail sentence. If you
are convicted of your third prostitution or solicitation offense, you
could be subject to a 90-day minimum jail sentence.
There is also the crime of pimping and pandering prostitution. Pimping
means collecting all or a partial amount of a prostitute’s play,
while pandering is the act of recruiting or encouraging someone to become
or remain a prostitute. Both crimes are considered felonies, punishable
by a prison sentence of either three, four, or six years.
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