Prostitution Offenses





In Massachusetts, there are various ways in which a person can be charged with a prostitution crime.  Everyone knows that it's a crime to solicit a prostitute as well as to prostitute oneself. But there are other affiliations with prostitution that can lead to criminal charges, prison time, and sex offender registration.

Prostitution and Solicitation of a Prostitute* carries the following potential penalties in MA:
  1. 2 1/2 years in jail
  2. $1,000 fine

* A first conviction for this offense does not require registration with SORB.

Earning money or sharing earnings derived from prostitution** is a felony and carries the following potential penalties:
  1. Two years (minimum mandatory) state prison sentence, up to five years in state prison.
  2. $5,000 fine (mandatory)

In order to be convicted of this offense, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you specifically knew that source of earnings was prostitution.

** A first conviction for this offense does not require registration with SORB. 

Living off or sharing earnings of a minor prostitute*** is a felony and carries the following potential penalties:

  1. Mandatory Minimum 5 years in state prison
  2. $5,000 fine (mandatory)

In order to be convicted of this offense, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you specifically knew that source of earnings was prostitution. It does not require, however, proof that you knew the prostitution was performed by a minor.

*** A conviction for this offense does require registration with SORB. 

Enticing away a person for Prostitution or Sexual Intercourse**** is a felony and carries the following potential penalties:

  1. 3 years in state prison
  2. $1,000 fine

**** A conviction for this offense does require registration with SORB. 

Inducing a Minor into Prostitution***** is a felony and carries the following potential penalties: 

  1. 3 years in state prison (minimum mandatory) up to 5 years in state prison
  2. $5,000 fine (mandatory)

***** A conviction for this offense does require registration with SORB. 

If you were arrested or charged with any prostitution offense, contact our office immediately for your free initial consultation:

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