Online dating is fairly common in our society today, but rarely have I heard about it being a cause of prostitution. I was surprised by that idea after reading a news story about it. The news story talked about men, who called themselves sugar daddies, looking for relationships online. However, they were offering to pay women to date them. And, to the men, “dating” meant that sex was involved. Simply put, the men were offering to pay women for a sexual relationship. Men and women involved in this kind of exchange in Jefferson, Adams County or anywhere else in Colorado could likely face Prostitution charges.
What is Prostitution in Denver?
The definition of Prostitution, C.R.S 18-7-201 in Douglas County is:
“Any person who performs or offers or agrees to perform any act of sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation, or anal intercourse with any person not his spouse in exchange for money or other thing of value commits prostitution.”
If the women in this situation agreed to or offered to engage in oral stimulation of a man's penis, this would be called fellatio. Cunnilingus is defined whenever there is an act of oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris. If these acts were done for money, the women could face Prostitution charges. Prostitution in Colorado is a class 3 misdemeanor, which means that a man or a woman could spend up to 6 months in the Douglas County Jail, and pay between $50 and $750 in fines. Sometimes, people can even be charged with Prostitution under innocent circumstances, such as showing public affection to someone. Read another one of my blogs about how an actress was arrested for suspicion of Prostitution after kissing her boyfriend in public.[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”100%”]Prostitution can be a complex crime to investigate and can lead to false accusations, which is why you need an experienced attorney on your side.[/pullquote]
The men in this news story, however, could also face charges. If they set up different places and times to meet the women to have sex, for example, they could face Soliciting for Prostitution charges, C.R.S. 18-7-202, which is also a class 3 misdemeanor. Further, if any of these men intimidated a woman to commit prostitution, they could also face charges of Pandering, C.R.S 18-7-203. This is when any person:
- Induces a person by menacing or criminal intimidation to commit prostitution; or
- Knowingly arranges or offers to arrange a situation where a person may practice prostitution.
It is a class 3 misdemeanor to arrange or offer a situation to practice prostitution, but it is a class 5 felony to force someone to commit prostitution, which means a man or a woman could face 1-3 years in prison as a result.
Why You Need the Best Denver Criminal Defense Attorneys
Sometimes, prostitution can be a complex crime to investigate. Police set up sting operations frequently to try to catch people involved in prostitution. The problem is that sometimes individuals are at the wrong place at the wrong time, and can face false accusations. These accusations have the potential to damage anyone's reputation, which is why it is important that you act early on. The lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office want to advocate on your behalf in order to get the best outcome in your case.Request a Free Consultation