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     § 5902.  Prostitution and related offenses.

        (a)  Prostitution.--A person is guilty of prostitution if he

     or she:

            (1)  is an inmate of a house of prostitution or otherwise

        engages in sexual activity as a business; or

            (2)  loiters in or within view of any public place for

        the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity.

        (a.1)  Grading of offenses under subsection (a).--An offense

     under subsection (a) constitutes a:

            (1)  Misdemeanor of the third degree when the offense is

        a first or second offense.

            (2)  Misdemeanor of the second degree when the offense is

        a third offense.

            (3)  Misdemeanor of the first degree when the offense is

        a fourth or subsequent offense.

            (4)  Felony of the third degree if the person who

        committed the offense knew that he or she was human

        immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive or manifesting acquired

        immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

        (b)  Promoting prostitution.--A person who knowingly promotes

     prostitution of another commits a misdemeanor or felony as

     provided in subsection (c) of this section. The following acts

     shall, without limitation of the foregoing, constitute promoting

     prostitution:

            (1)  owning, controlling, managing, supervising or

        otherwise keeping, alone or in association with others, a

        house of prostitution or a prostitution business;

            (2)  procuring an inmate for a house of prostitution or a

        place in a house of prostitution for one who would be an

        inmate;

            (3)  encouraging, inducing, or otherwise intentionally

        causing another to become or remain a prostitute;

            (4)  soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute;

            (5)  procuring a prostitute for a patron;

            (6)  transporting a person into or within this

        Commonwealth with intent to promote the engaging in

        prostitution by that person, or procuring or paying for

        transportation with that intent;

            (7)  leasing or otherwise permitting a place controlled

        by the actor, alone or in association with others, to be

        regularly used for prostitution or the promotion of

        prostitution, or failure to make reasonable effort to abate

        such use by ejecting the tenant, notifying law enforcement

        authorities, or other legally available means; or

            (8)  soliciting, receiving, or agreeing to receive any

        benefit for doing or agreeing to do anything forbidden by

        this subsection.

        (c)  Grading of offenses under subsection (b).--

            (1)  An offense under subsection (b) constitutes a felony

        of the third degree if:

                (i)  the offense falls within paragraphs (b)(1),

            (b)(2) or (b)(3);

                (ii)  the actor compels another to engage in or

            promote prostitution;

                (iii)  the actor promotes prostitution of a child

            under the age of 16 years, whether or not he is aware of

            the age of the child;

                (iv)  the actor promotes prostitution of his spouse,

            child, ward or any person for whose care, protection or

            support he is responsible; or

                (v)  the person knowingly promoted prostitution of

            another who was HIV positive or infected with the AIDS

            virus.

            (2)  Otherwise the offense is a misdemeanor of the second

        degree.

        (d)  Living off prostitutes.--A person, other than the

     prostitute or the prostitute's minor child or other legal

     dependent incapable of self-support, who is knowingly supported

     in whole or substantial part by the proceeds of prostitution is

     promoting prostitution in violation of subsection (b) of this

     section.

        (e)  Patronizing prostitutes.--A person commits the offense

     of patronizing prostitutes if that person hires a prostitute or

     any other person to engage in sexual activity with him or her or

     if that person enters or remains in a house of prostitution for

     the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

        (e.1)  Grading of offenses under subsection (e).--An offense

     under subsection (e) constitutes a:

            (1)  Misdemeanor of the third degree when the offense is

        a first or second offense.

            (2)  Misdemeanor of the second degree when the offense is

        a third offense.

            (3)  Misdemeanor of the first degree when the offense is

        a fourth or subsequent offense.

            (4)  Felony of the third degree if the person who

        committed the offense knew that he or she was human

        immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive or manifesting acquired

        immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

        (e.2)  Publication of sentencing order.--A court imposing a

     sentence for a second or subsequent offense committed under

     subsection (e) shall publish the sentencing order in a newspaper

     of general circulation in the judicial district in which the

     court sits, and the court costs imposed on the person sentenced

     shall include the cost of publishing the sentencing order.

        (f)  Definitions.--As used in this section the following

     words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this

     subsection:

        "House of prostitution."  Any place where prostitution or

     promotion of prostitution is regularly carried on by one person

     under the control, management or supervision of another.

        "Inmate."  A person who engages in prostitution in or through

     the agency of a house of prostitution.

        "Public place."  Any place to which the public or any

     substantial group thereof has access.

        "Sexual activity."  Includes homosexual and other deviate

     sexual relations.

 The Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers of Ciccarelli Law Offices are experienced in fighting for you, representing you and answering your questions regarding Prostitution Charges.  We are based in the greater Philadelphia area at 304 North High Street, West Chester PA 19380 and have satellite offices for your convenience.  Contact us by email or at (610) 692-8700 when you need a PA Prostitution Charges Lawyer.


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