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.
A 27 year old man studying to be a priest was arrested in Middletown for luring four teenage girls, three of whom were under 18 years old, according to NJ.com. The man allegedly approached them on the street and tried to persuade them to get into his car by offering to buy them alcohol. Two of the girls also claim that he offered them money in exchange for sex. The man was charged with luring and prostitution and is being held on $20,000 bail.
A person commits the crime of second degree luring if he attempts to lure or entice a child under the age of 18 into a motor vehicle, structure, or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any other place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense (such as prostitution or sexual assault) with or against the child. A conviction for second degree luring carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.
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.” Soliciting someone to engage in prostitution is generally a fourth degree crime, punishable by up to 18 months in prison, but soliciting a person under the age of 18, as allegedly occurred in this case, is a third degree crime and carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison.
In addition to jail time, a conviction for luring or prostitution may also result in fines and sex offender registration requirements under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.
If you’ve been charged with luring, prostitution, or any other sex crime in Monmouth County or elsewhere in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable sex crimes defense attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed. You can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website, or call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. I will represent your interests aggressively and help to guide you through this difficult process. As a former prosecutor and public defender with more than 35 years of experience, I can give you an honest assessment of the charges you face and the best possible strategies for protecting your rights.
Prostitution and solicitation operate as the same crime in New Jersey so that a person offering sexual services for money will be charged with the same offense as the person soliciting them. However, there are other charges that often stem from crimes involving prostitution and one of those charges is known as promoting or facilitating prostitution. This crime covers a wide range of activity because it relates to any action taken in which the purpose is for two people to engage in prostitution. For example, pimping, promoting prostitution, soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute, procuring a prostitute for someone else, taking someone somewhere to commit prostitution or even allowing your home to be used for illicit sex are all considered offenses under this act.
The most extreme example of all of these would be pimping, but you don’t have to be a full blown pimp to be charged under this law. However, for an example of pimping in New Jersey, consider a recent case that illustrates the more extreme version of promoting prostitution. A man in Atlantic City was recently arrested on charges of prostitution after he admitted to operating a prostitution ring in and acting as a pimp. He admitted to setting up the activities of his prostitutes and taking money that they made from their sexual encounters. He also took photos of the girls and posted them on craigslist in order to advertise his prostitution ring. In this particular case, the girls turned out to be minors and the defendant had transported them across state lines. However, these facts aside, the act of pimping in New Jersey by itself is a disorderly person’s offense and considered no different penalty wise from driving a friend to meet a prostitute on the night of his bachelor party.
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Like sting operations that take place over the internet in which police pose as distributers of child porn or as young children in order to lure offenders into chat rooms, police also conduct sting operations for Union County sex crimes that take place off the internet. For example, over the past weekend, several Springfield police officers posed as customers at a massage parlor that was operating to provide illegal sexual services to its clientele. The upshot of the operation was that three women were charged with prostitution in Union County. In New Jersey, the penalties for prostitution vary based on whether it is an individuals’ first or subsequent offense and whether a minor was involved. A person’s first Springfield prostitution offense is a disorderly persons offense which carries up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail. A second or subsequent offense is a Fourth Degree Crime which carries up to 18 months in prison and fines. Finally, when a minor is involved, Union County prostitution is a third degree crime which carries 3 to 5 years in prison and fines.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, Springfield criminal defense lawyer and I defend individuals charged with prostitution & solicitation. The penalties for prostitution are the same irrespective of whether you are the person purchasing the service or rendering it. However, it is important to be aware that in addition to prostitution charges, a person can also be charged with Loitering for the Purposes of Committing Prostitution or Promoting or Facilitating Prostitution between two other parties (pimping). These acts constitute third degree crimes which carry 3 to 5 years in prison. To learn more about prostitution in New Jersey and defenses available to all of these crimes, contact me today for a free and confidential consultation at 1-866-664-8118. You may also visit the prostitution and solicitation penalty and charges information page on my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com
The term consensual sex crime is also known as a victimless sex crime because in these crimes there is usually no direct victim. In most consensual sex crimes, the only people who are involved are willing and consenting adults. For example, common consensual sex crimes include prostitution, solicitation, and pandering. Unlike sexual assault, lewd conduct, or harassment, there is not an adversely affected party, only an illegal act. For a more detailed illustration, consider a recent New Jersey case in which a woman was arrested for prostitution at a Smith Road Hotel. Police received several tips that the woman was selling sex from the hotel and conducted a two week investigation in which the woman offered to sell the police officer sex for $450 per hour. Had this deal been made with a civilian instead of an officer, it probably would have gone through. Both parties would have benefited from the illegal agreement and as long as the adults were both willing and capable of consent, there would not have been a direct victim. This is the reason why these types of criminal acts are referred to as consensual or victimless sex crimes. In spite of this, the police would arrest both the prostitute and the customer!
My name is Anthony N. Palumbo and I have been successfully defending individuals against consensual sex crimes in New Jersey for over 35 years. Allegations of consensual sex crimes are often the least serious of any sex crime because there is no direct victim however these charges are still extremely embarrassing and warrant strong reputational protection. At the law offices of Palumbo & Renaud, I work to protect both your freedom and your reputation. If you have been charged with a consensual sex crime in New Jersey and would like to discuss your situation in a free and confidential consultation, contact me today at 1-866-664-8118. I will take all possible steps to quarantine the news of your charge and reduce the penalties you face. I have been doing it for over three decades and I will do it for you. For more information on consensual sex crimes in New Jersey, visit my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com.