Police arrest two men for prostitution at Monmouth County hotel

Two men were arrested for prostitution earlier this month after allegedly engaging in sexual acts at a Tinton Falls hotel for $200. They were charged with engaging in prostitution, which is a disorderly persons offense, and with promoting prostitution, a third degree crime.

 

Prostitution is defined in New Jersey as “sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value, or the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value.” Engaging in prostitution is generally a disorderly persons offense, which carries a penalty of up to 6 months in jail, but for second and subsequent offenses the charge is increased to a fourth degree crime, which  is punishable by up to 18 months in jail.

 

Third degree promoting prostitution, as charged in this case, is punishable by a sentence of 3 to 5 years in prison. The offense includes:

  • owning, controlling, managing, supervising or otherwise keeping a house of prostitution or a prostitution business;
  • procuring an inmate for a house of prostitution or procuring a place in a house of prostitution for one who would be an inmate; or
  • encouraging, inducing, or otherwise purposely causing another to become or remain a prostitute.

 

Other types of promoting prostitution, such as soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute or procuring a prostitute for a patron, are fourth degree crimes punishable by up to 18 months in jail.