The World’s Oldest Profession: Prostitution
What is prostitution?
Certain elements must be present in order to classify an offense as prostitution.
- Exchanging money or goods in exchange for sex
- Arranging to pay money for sexual services
- Transporting either the prostitute or the person who hired the prostitute
- Owning a room/business with the purpose of arranging prostitution services (i.e. brothel)
First and second offenses for prostitution are charged as misdemeanors.
These charges may result in:
- Up to one year in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- STD screenings
- AIDS awareness education
A third prostitution offense will result in a felony charge.
This is punishable by:
- Up to five years in jail
- Up to $5,000 in fines
However, this may be avoided if the courts offer an alternative pre-trial option.
Substance Abuse Treatment Alternative
Numerous research studies have found a link between drug use and prostitution. It is common that individuals enter prostitution to fund their drug addiction. In other cases, prostitutes turn to drugs to cope with the psychological effects of sex work.
By sending the defendant to a substance abuse treatment program instead of incarceration, the hope is to focus on rehabilitation. The goal is to help the defendant maintain a sober lifestyle so that they do not need to prostitute in order to afford their addiction.
Fort Lauderdale Defense Attorneys
Multiple European countries have recently decriminalized prostitution and are regulating the sex work industry to be safer for everyone involved. In America, however, prostitution is often met with contempt. Many people disagree with prostitution being a criminal offense, yet it is still punishable by serious penalties.
If you or a loved one are facing prostitution charges, contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today. We offer confidential, judgment-free consultations. Our attorneys are prepared to fight for your best interests.