It may seem harmless to exchange money for sexual acts; people think that if participants on both ends of this transaction are willing and each get something out of the exchange, no one is getting hurt.
However, prostitution, solicitation of a prostitute, pandering and pimping are all against the law in Florida. Essentially, any person who is involved in the exchange of prostitution services can end up facing misdemeanor or felony charges and the potential for a criminal record and jail time if convicted.
For example, in a common case of prostitution, multiple people can be arrested and charged by police.
The person who offers or engages in sexual activity in exchange for compensation can be charged with prostitution.
The person who is compensating a person for performance of sexual activity can be charged with solicitation.
Any person who facilitates an illegal exchange of sexual activity for compensation can be charged with pandering or pimping. This includes a person who solicits money from a prostitute and/or recruits people to work as a prostitute. According to Florida prostitution laws, a person accused of coercing or forcing someone to engage in prostitution will face felony charges.
Additionally, any person who rents out a space with the knowledge that it will be used for prostitution can be charged with a misdemeanor.
Prostitution laws in Florida are quite strict, and a conviction of the above-mentioned offenses can mean serious penalties. Further, certain factors can result in an escalation in charges. These could include repeat offenses, trafficking and the age of a prostitute.
Anyone who is facing charges stemming from alleged prostitution should take the situation very seriously. A conviction can mean much more than a jail sentence or fine; it can also mean a damaged reputation and criminal record. Working with an attorney to defend against prostitution, solicitation or pandering charges can be an effective way to avoid or minimize exposure to harsh legal consequences.