Prostitution is commonly thought of as the oldest profession known to humankind. Many societies – both ancient and modern – have utilized prostitution. Some societies have even made this practice legal. However, in the state of Connecticut, prostitution is still considered a crime, and it is governed by Connecticut General Statute § 53a-82. On this page, you can learn more about how prostitution is defined in Connecticut, potential penalties, possible defenses, and how to get help.
What is Prostitution?
Connecticut statute defines prostitution as follows: a situation where one person who is eighteen years or older engages in or agrees, or offers to engage in, sexual conduct with another person in exchange for money.
Sexual conduct included sexual intercourse and sexual contact as defined in the General Statutes. “Sexual intercourse” defines sexual intercourse: vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal intercourse, or penetration of any kind. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to count as vaginal or anal intercourse. Again, this is defined by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-65(2) (2019). Also keep in mind that penetration can be committed with an object or part of a person’s body.
The definition of sexual intercourse also includes “sexual contact.” This is defined by the statute as contact with any intimate parts of either two people participating in the sexual act. The sexual act must be for the purpose of either the sexual enjoyment of the aggressor or degrading/humiliation of the other unwilling participant. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-65(3) (2019).
Penalties for Prostitution
Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Connecticut. The penalties for a Class A misdemeanor are a term of imprisonment not exceed one year and a fine not to exceed two-thousand dollars. You can learn more about Class A misdemeanor penalties in the statute: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-36; Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-42.
Common Prostitution Defenses
Luckily, there are defenses against prostitution charges that you might use. One defense to prosecution is if you were a victim of “trafficking.” This crime is governed by Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-192a. In addition, the defense of duress governed by Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-14.
“Duress” is defined by the statute. Duress happens when a person is coerced by the imminent threat or use of physical force against themselves or another person to do something against their will. If you find yourself in this situation, you might be able to use defense of duress as a defense to a prostitution charge. A lawyer can help you determine if this defense is appropriate for your situation.
If you have been charged with prostitution or have suspicions that you might be charged with a crime, you can seek help from an attorney. Our lawyers at Ruane Attorneys have worked with sex defense cases before, and can assist you throughout this process. Simply contact our office for more information.