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Sex offenses associated with prostitution in New York
In New York, sex crimes related to prostitution are broken into two categories: patronizing (buying) a prostitute and promoting prostitution. The seriousness of these charges is largely dependent on the circumstances of the alleged offense.
Sex crimes in New York carry harsh penalties and can have devastating effects on your future.
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N.Y. Pen. Law § 230 says, "A person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee." As you can see, this language is sure to include both parties involved. Those who are paying for sexual conduct and the person being paid or promoting the sexual acts.
The crimes should be taken seriously as the penalties can be quite severe.
Charges for patronizing a prostitute include:
- Third-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.04)
Charged when the accused knowingly patronizes a prostitute.
- Second-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.05)
Charged when the accused is over 18 years old and knowingly patronizes a prostitute who is under 14.
- First-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.06)
Charged when the accused knowingly patronizes a prostitute who is under eleven years old.
Charges for promoting prostitution include:
- Fourth-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.20)
Charged when and individual profits or advances prostitution. Promoting prostitution with obscene material to 10 or more people is also fourth-degree promoting prostitution.
- Third-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.25)
Charged when an individual, either alone or in association with others, runs a prostitution enterprise. This can include travel services to foreign jurisdictions. Profiting from or advancing the prostitution of someone under nineteen years old is also third-degree promoting prostitution.
- Second-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.30)
Charged when an individual compels or threatens someone to get them to engage in prostitution. Profiting from or advancing prostitution of someone less than 16 years old is also second-degree promoting.
- First-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.32)
Charged when an individual profits from or advances the prostitution of someone younger than 11 years old.