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In Denver, Aurora, and Castle Rock, law enforcement agencies are constantly checking backpage and other advertising websites to find places that may be allowing prostitution. Recently, a Boulder massage parlor owner was charged with Keeping a Place of Prostitution after patrons admitted to paying extra for sexual services. The investigation lasted a year and ended with the owner's arrest – though she denied any prostitution occurred at her business.
Douglas County Keeping a Place of Prostitution Lawyer: Definition of Keeping a Place of Prostitution in Arapahoe County
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Keeping a Place of Prostitution – C.R.S. 18-7-204 – is:
Any person who has or exercises control over the use of any place which offers seclusion or shelter for the practice of prostitution and who performs any one or more of the following commits keeping a place of prostitution if he:
(a) Knowingly grants or permits the use of such place for the purpose of prostitution; or
(b) Permits the continued use of such place for the purpose of prostitution after becoming aware of facts or circumstances from which he should reasonably know that the place is being used for purposes of prostitution.
Because the massage parlor owner ran an establishment where sexual acts where exchanged for money, she was charged with this crime. However, the statute specifically says that the person knowingly allows the place to be used for prostitution. If, as the owner, she was unaware that her employees were using her business for this activity, then she may have a defense against the charges.
Sentence for Keeping a Place of Prostitution in Jefferson and Adams County
As a class 2 misdemeanor in Jefferson and Adams County, Keeping a Place of Prostitution is punishable by 3 to 12 months in the Jefferson County Jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Her employees, who were interviewed in the investigation would likely be facing a Prostitution charge, a class 3 misdemeanor in Adams County.