Prostitution is a crime in the state of Connecticut, but did you know that promoting prostitution is also a crime? There are a few forms of promoting prostitution, and on this page we will cover the crime of promoting prostitution in the first degree. Promoting prostitution in the first degree, also known simply as “promoting prostitution 1,” is governed by Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-86. Promoting prostitution in the second degree, also known as “promoting prostitution 2,” is another crime governed by Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-87. You can learn more about both crimes here.
What is Promoting Prostitution in the First Degree?
The statute defines promoting prostitution in the first degree as one of two scenarios.
(1) A person forces or intimidates another person to engage in prostitution and/or profits from a third person’s similar conduct, or
(2) A person advances or profits from the prostitution of a person under eighteen years old.
Promoting prostitution in the first degree is a classified as a Class B felony. The penalties for a Class B felony include both a prison sentence and a fine. The prison sentence is of a minimum of one year, with nine months that may not be suspended or reduced, and a maximum of twenty years. The fine is a mandatory $15,000.
What is Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree?
The statute defines promoting prostitution in the second degree as when a person knowingly advances or profits from prostitution. This happens because they either manage, supervise, control, or own, with or without partners, a prostitution business involving two or more prostitutes.
Promoting prostitution 2 is classified as a Class C felony. The penalties for a Class C felony include both a prison sentence and a fine. The prison sentence for this crime is a minimum of one year and a maximum of ten years. The fine is a mandatory $10,000.
If you face a promoting prostitution in the first or second degree charge, it is imperative to get help. You can do this by contacting a criminal defense lawyer who has worked with sex crime defense before. Such a lawyer can answer your questions, help you establish a defense, and provide additional resources to help you. To discuss your situation with one of our lawyers, contact our office. We can set up a free consultation and get you the help that you need.