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Maryland Prostitution Laws

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maryland prostitution lawsIn the state of Maryland there are different types of prostitution laws. There is the charge for being a prostitute aka prostituting oneself or selling oneself. MD has a separate charge for buying the services of a prostitute. While commonly known as solicitation the legal term in Maryland is assignation. The state of Maryland refers to pandering and pimping as human trafficking. As with many criminal charges you face much more severe legal penalties if your activities involve children. If you are facing any type of prostitution charges in Maryland you need the help of our skilled Maryland sex crime lawyers. They have many years handling all types of sex offenses and human trafficking cases and will put their knowledge of Maryland prostitution laws to work for you.

To discuss your Maryland prostitution charges please click here and our MD pandering lawyers will get in touch with you immediately. They provide free case reviews and serve the Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County areas.

What Constitutes Prostitution In Maryland?

  • Human Trafficking in Maryland can be any of the following:
    • Taking or placing a person into a place of prostitution
    • Persuading a person to be taken to a place of prostitution
    • Receiving something of value to procure people for a place of prostitution
    • Engaging in a scheme to cause a person to believe if they don’t participate in sexually elicit performances he or she will be restrained or seriously physically harmed
    • Destroying or confiscating passports or government identification of another for a prostitution related crime
    • Parents or guardians consenting to the taking of their child for prostitution
    • Taking or detaining with the use of force, threats, coercion, or fraud to compel the person to marry you or a third person or to perform a sexual act, contact, or intercourse
    • Knowingly benefiting financially or by receiving anything of value for human trafficking results in the same penalties as if the person committed the acts
    • Knowingly aiding or conspiring with one or more person to do human trafficking is subject to the same penalties as if the conspirator committed the acts
  • House of Prostitution – any of the following:
    • Knowingly engaging in prostitution (performing sexual acts, sexual contact, or intercourse for hire)
    • “Assignation” (making an appointment for prostitution or any act furthering the prostitution engagement)
    • Operating a business or home for prostitution
    • Allowing a building owned by a person to be used for prostitution
    • Allowing a person into a building for prostitution purposes
    • Soliciting for prostitution or assignation (hiring a prostitute)
  • Receiving the Earnings of a Prostitute – Receiving money or other earnings from a prostitute with the intent to promote or profit from a prostitution crime or concealing the source or control of the money from a prostitution related crime
  • Abducting a Child Under 16 for Prostitution – Persuading a child under 16 from the child’s home or knowingly harboring the child who’s been enticed into prostitution
  • Sale of a Minor – Selling or trading a minor for money, property, or anything of value

Are Maryland Prostitution Charges Misdemeanors Or Felonies?

According to Maryland prostitution laws they can be both. While many Maryland human trafficking charges, pandering charges, pimping charges, assignation charge and prostitution charges are misdemeanors there are cases where they can be prosecuted as felonies. An example is selling a minor, forcing a minor to marry or forcing a minor to perform sex acts are all felonies with up to 25 years in prison.

Maryland Minimum Mandatory Sentences For Prostitution Convictions

Penalties in Maryland are typically described in the statute describing the offense. The penalties for the crimes above include:

  • House of Prostitution, prostitution, assignation (solicitation), or operating or renting to a brothel is a misdemeanor subject to up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $500.
  • Sale of a minor is a misdemeanor with a punishment maximum of 5 years imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $10,000 for each violation.
  • Receiving the earnings of a prostitute is a misdemeanor that can receive up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
  • Abducting a child under 16 for prostitution can be punished by a maximum of 25 years in prison and a fine not more than $5,000.
  • Most human trafficking charges are misdemeanors subject to up to 10 years in prison or a fine up to $5,000. However, for victims who are minors or for forcing, threatening, coercing individuals to marry or perform sexual acts, the charge is a felony with a maximum of 25 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.

Additionally, conviction of some of these offenses will require you to register as a sex offender. Tier II (25 year registration period) offenses include: abduction of a child for prostitution, human trafficking, sexual solicitation of a minor, and house of prostitution. Tier III or lifetime registration can be required for the sale of a minor.

Contact Our Baltimore Prostitution Defense Lawyers

Our Ellicott City Maryland sex offense attorneys offer free case reviews. Please reach out to them immediately by clicking here. As a sex offense, even a misdemeanor, will disrupt life as you know it for years to come, our attorneys will do everything possible to have your charges dropped or dismissed.

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