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A man from the Denver area has been indicted on suspicion of operating a website which offered reviews for massage parlors in Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Aurora, Parker, and Lakewood. While this seems like a legitimate business, it's important to understand that there are more to the massage parlors than meets the eye – they are fronts for prostitution. Let's take a look at the charges against this man to understand how prostitution is charged in Colorado.
Review Site for “Massage Parlors” in Denver
According to the news, the Adams County man created and operated a site which promoted and provided reviews for multiple massage parlors operating as a front for Prostitution and suspected human trafficking. The site also received hundreds of dollars in exchange for advertisements.
Prostitution-Related Charges in Colorado
The man was indicted under federal law, but state law also covers prostitution-related charges. These include:
Charged when someone pays you to perform a sexual act.
Soliciting for Prostitution:
Charged when someone arranges to meet a prostitute.
Patronizing a Prostitute:
Charged when you pay someone else to perform a sexual act.
Charged when someone forces someone else to commit prostitution.
Charged when someone lives off the profits of prostitution.
Pimping Charges in Colorado
Because the man lived off of money he received as a result of prostitution taking place, he could possibly have been charged with Pimping in the state of Colorado. Let's look closer at Pimping charges in Jefferson, Arapahoe, and El Paso County. Under statute 18-7-206, Pimping is defined as:
“…any person who knowingly lives on or is supported or maintained in whole or in part by money or other thing of value is earned, received, procured, or realized by any other person through prostitution.”
While it is unknown if the man received money from the massage parlors themselves, he likely did receive payment for providing reviews and promoting the places of prostitution. Thus, the man could have been charged with Pimping in Boulder, Douglas, or Grand County.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Pimping Charges
Pimping is charged as a class 3 felony, which carries a possible sentence of up to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. There is much at stake if you are convicted or plead guilty to this offense. Don't put your future at risk by trying to defend yourself in court or hiring a cheap, inexperienced attorney. Invest in your future by working with a full-time criminal defense lawyer who will aggressively fight to protect your rights and future.