Promoting prostitution in the first degree involves a person knowingly advancing prostitution by force or threat of force, while financially profiting from advancing prostitution. A first degree conviction of promoting prostitution is up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. However, Washington State also has a lesser degree charge on promoting prostitution.

How Does the State Define Second Degree Promoting Prostitution?

A person is guilty of second degree prostitution when they profit from prostitution or advance it.

I’m Accused of Advancing Prostitution, What Does that Mean?

It means a defendant is charged with being responsible for:

  • Aiding or causing an individual to engage or commit prostitution
  • Soliciting customers for the purpose of prostitution
  • Providing an individual for prostitution purposes
  • Operating a house for prostitution purposes
  • Providing a location for individuals to engage in prostitution
  • Aiding in any conduct designed to help, facilitate or institute the act of prostitution

I Didn’t Make Any Money from Promoting Prostitution, How Can I be Charged with the Crime?

Profiting from prostitution means to receive some kind of compensation for a third party engaging in prostitution. The defendant doesn’t have to receive money as compensation to be charged with promoting prostitution. Instead, anything of value is considered to be adequate compensation under the law.

Is This Charge the Same as Promoting Travel for Prostitution?

No. A defendant accused of promoting travel for prostitution means they knowingly offered or sold travel services for the purpose of helping a third party engage in prostitution. Promoting travel for prostitution is a felony, and it has the same punishment as promoting prostitution.

What’s the Criminal Punishment for Promoting the Act of Prostitution?

Second degree promotion of prostitution is charged as a class C felony. A convicted defendant can face up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Charge of Promoting Prostitution?

Yes. A crime involving prostitution is very serious. You want to build a strong defense with the help of a Washington criminal lawyer.