Solicitation of a prostitute involves individuals agreeing to exchange something of value for sex. The agreement can be implied or explicit. In 2015, Seattle changed the name “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation.”
When is a Person Guilty of Sexual Exploitation in Seattle?
To be guilty of sexual exploitation, the City must prove that the defendant:
- Had a prior understanding that they pay a fee to another individual or third party, as compensation for engaging in sexual conduct; or
- Paid or agreed to pay the fee pursuant to the agreement of engaging in sexual activity; or
- Requested or solicited another individual to engage in sexual conduct in return for a fee.
Does “Sexual Conduct” Refer to Sexual Intercourse?
Yes, but it also refers to any type of sexual activity requested.
What is a “Patronizing a Prostitute” Charge?
A charge of patronizing a prostitution is Washington State’s version of Seattle’s sexual exploitation charge. A defendant is guilty of the state’s crime when they:
- Pay a fee, to the individual or third party, as compensation for engaging in sexual conduct; or
- Pay, or agree to pay, a fee to someone pursuant to an understanding that the defendant pays to engage in sexual conduct with a prostitute; or
- Requested or solicited another individual to engage in sexual conduct for a fee
What is the Punishment for Sexual Exploitation and Patronizing a Prostitute?
Since the crimes only differ in name, they are both simple misdemeanors. This means a defendant faces up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Will I Face Any Other Penalties if Convicted of Sexual Exploitation?
Yes. Seattle requires everyone convicted of the crime to provide a DNA sample for analysis and pay a $100 fee for the analysis. Other penalties may require the defendant to:
- Not be arrested again for sexual exploitation or any other type of solicitation crimes at the city or state level;
- Remain outside of Seattle unless the requirement would interfere with residence or employment; and
- Complete terms of sex crime program ordered by court
Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Case?
Yes, a charge of sexual exploitation may have long-term repercussions. It is in your best interest to contact a criminal lawyer in Seattle immediately about your case.