Solicitation of prostitution is the asking for sexual acts in exchange something of value for sex. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services in exchange for goods, services, or money. Another related crime, called the promotion of prostitution, involves a third party, who is not a prostitute or a client, obtaining compensation for the exchange of sex for something of value.

What Is Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution in Texas?

Aggravated promotion of prostitution occurs when a person knowingly:

  • Finances, owns, invests in, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise
  • The enterprise uses at least two prostitutes

How Is Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution Different from Promotion of Prostitution?

The primary difference between the two crimes is the number of prostitutes being used in the prostitution enterprise. Promotion of prostitution is knowingly receive something of value for the agreement of only one other person participating in prostitution, whereas aggravated promotion of prostitution requires at least two prostitutes. Also, promotion of prostitution is a lesser crime compared to aggravated promotion of prostitution, as it is only a Class A misdemeanor. A person convicted of promotion of prostitution may be sentenced to a year in county jail and/or a $4,000 fine.

What Is the Punishment for Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution in Texas?

Aggravating promotion of prostitution is generally a felony in the third degree. A third degree felony is punishable by:

  • Two to 10 years in state prison
  • $10,000 fine
  • A fine and time in state prison

Can I Receive More than 10 Years for an Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution?

Yes. If a person uses prostitutes who are younger than 18 years old, the crime is then a felony in the first degree. A felony in the first degree is punished by:

  • Five to 99 years in state prison
  • $10,000 fine
  • Prison and a fine

Do I Need to Contact an Attorney about My Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution Charge?

As with any felony charge, defending oneself against an aggravated promotion of prostitution charge is an extremely difficult task that often requires the aid of a lawyer. If you are facing any type of promoting prostitution charges, contact a Texas criminal attorney. Your attorney will assist you with your defense.