What is Prostitution in Texas?
Prostitution is the act of offering, agreeing to, or actually engaging in sexual conduct for a fee. Prostitution arrests are not just made on the roadside. They are commonly made through online stings, undercover operations at strip clubs, and massage parlors.
Although prostitution is a misdemeanor for a first offense, it is a crime that carries a stigma. The law prosecutes the person offering the services the same as the person who seeks out the services, sometimes referred to as “Johns.” Stings commonly target men and women on websites such as Craigslist and Backpage. Similarly, undercover officers sometimes pose as sex workers in areas where roadside prostitution is common.
Many people are under the impression that officers cannot lie to you, or believe there must be an actual sex act to face prostitution charges in Texas. Neither are true.
A case can be filed against you merely for discussing an exchange of money for sex – even if you never intended on acting on it. It does not matter if the offer was made in jest or if the actor never intended to carry out of the offer or verbal agreement.
What is Aggravated Prostitution?
A person who owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes commits the offense of Aggravated Prostitution. This is a third degree felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison.
What is Promotion of Prostitution (Pimping)
Pursuant to Penal Code 43.03, a person who receives money or solicits another for a third party who is a prostitute commits the Class A misdemeanor offense of Promotion of Prostitution.
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Hope for Women Wanting to Get Out
For women who are facing a criminal offense and are ready to get out of the life, Tarrant County offers an excellent diversion program called RISE, which provides women with a safe place to stay, a way to get on their feet, and an opportunity for a changed life. Admission into the RISE program is difficult and there are a limited number of spots available. It’s important to discuss this option with your defense attorney.
For women who are seeking help, but are not facing criminal charges, we recommend contacting Valiant Hearts at 855-524-3747.
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