Escort Services & Prostitution

Arrested in an Undercover Sting Operation?

Many times, criminal charges against the owners, operators, employees and independent contractors associated with an escort service result from an undercover investigation wherein undercover officers acting as customers are offered sexual favors for additional fees. “Johns” are typically arrested when they show up at a hotel to meet who they believe is a prostitute but who in fact is an undercover officer.

Charges range from prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, promoting prostitution, sex trafficking and permitting prostitution. Related charges might include money laundering and falsifying business records. Our attorneys are skilled in defending all types of prostitution-related offenses. Tilem & Associates, PC is comprised of former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense lawyers in White Plains, NY.

The Penalties for Prostitution in New York

Prostitution is typically charged as a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. In some cases, such as when a deadly weapon was involved or when the individual in question has been arrested on prostitution charges in the past, there may be more severe consequences.

An individual can be arrested for prostitution for any of the following:

  • Agreeing to engage in prostitution
  • Loitering with the intention of prostitution
  • Engaging in a lewd act or sexual intercourse for money

Patronizing or Soliciting Prostitution

Typically, escort services advertise in the Yellow Pages, newspapers, magazines and on the Internet. True escort services are legal. It is entirely legal for one to pay another to accompany them and spend time with them. The legal troubles arise when offers of sex are made or solicited. Simply offering to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee is prostitution, which is a B misdemeanor.

Criminal charges for patronizing a prostitute can range from an A misdemeanor to a D felony, depending on the age of the person patronized. For example if the person patronized is less than 11 years of age, the charge is a D Felony. Unlike a statutory rape charge, however, it is a statutory defense that the defendant did not have reasonable grounds to believe that the person was less than the age specified.

Engaging in sexual relations with one less than 17 years of age can also result various sex offense charges such as rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and forcible touching.

Promoting & Compelling Prostitution

Owners and operators of escort services can face a wide range of charges including promoting prostitution, compelling prostitution, sex trafficking and permitting prostitution. Claims by the owners and/or managers that they didn’t approve of and/or were not aware of sexual acts committed by the escorts many times fail because the government can show that the owners and/or managers:

  • Kept records of customers’ sexual preferences
  • Kept records of customers sexually transmitted diseases
  • Advised the escorts on how to avoid and treat infections caused by frequent use of lubricated condoms
  • Advised the escorts on methods by which they could continue working while menstruating
  • Instructed them on how to identify undercover police officers

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