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Prostitution

Prostitution Offenses

What is Prostitution?

In Georgia, prostitution is the exchange of sexual activity for money or other forms of payment. It is a crime in Georgia to engage in prostitution or to offer or agree to engage in prostitution. Prostitution is typically classified as a misdemeanor offense in Georgia and is punishable by imprisonment and fines. However, if the person being solicited is under the age of 18, the offense may be charged as a felony, which carries more severe penalties. Prostitution may also be charged as a felony if the perpetrator is a repeat offender or if the solicitation involves the use of force, coercion, or threats.

In Georgia, prostitution is generally defined as the exchange of sexual services for money or other compensation. Both the person offering the sexual services and the person paying for them can be charged with the crime of prostitution. Prostitution is often associated with exploitation, abuse, and other forms of criminal activity, and many governments and communities consider it to be a public health and moral issue.

Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 16-6-9 (2021) specifically addresses the offense of prostitution. The following is the actual law § 16-6-9 (2021) as it is written.

  • A person, 18 years of age or older, commits the offense of prostitution when he or she performs or offers or consents to perform a sexual act, including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse or sodomy, for money or other items of value.

What is Keeping a Place of Prostitution?

Operating a place of prostitution, also known as a brothel, is a criminal offense in Georgia. Anyone charged with this offense may be charged with related crimes including other forms of illegal activity, such as human trafficking or drug offenses.

Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 16-6-10 (2021) specifically addresses the offense of keeping a place of prostitution. The following is the actual law § 16-6-10 (2021) as it is written.

  • A person having or exercising control over the use of any place or conveyance which would offer seclusion or shelter for the practice of prostitution commits the offense of keeping a place of prostitution when he knowingly grants or permits the use of such place for the purpose of prostitution.

What is Pimping?

In Georgia, pimping is the act of receiving money or other forms of payment in exchange for facilitating or promoting the prostitution of another person. It is a crime in Georgia to engage in pimping or to receive money or other forms of payment in exchange for facilitating or promoting the prostitution of another person. Pimping is typically classified as a felony offense in Georgia and is punishable by imprisonment and fines.

Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 16-6-11 (2021) specifically addresses the offense of pimping. The following is the actual law § 16-6-11 (2021)as it is written.

  • A person commits the offense of pimping when he or she performs any of the following acts:
    • 1. Offers or agrees to procure a prostitute for another;
    • 2. Offers or agrees to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution;
    • 3. Directs or transports another person to a place when he or she knows or should know that the direction or transportation is for the purpose of prostitution;
    • 4. Receives money or other thing of value from a prostitute, without lawful consideration, knowing it was earned in whole or in part from prostitution; or
    • 5. Aids or abets, counsels, or commands another in the commission of prostitution or aids or assists in prostitution where the proceeds or profits derived therefrom are to be divided on a pro rata basis.
  • If you are being investigated for, or facing prostitution or pimping offenses in Georgia we recommend calling our law office as soon as possible. We understand the urgency of the matterand your need to hire a criminal defense lawyer. To get control of your situation CALL 404-351-3000 for a CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT with a defense attorney in Cobb County GA.

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