I recently was watching an episode of The Office where Meredith, a middle-age character with questionable morals, admits to having sex with a man in exchange for discounts on products and gift certificates. While she is not making money, since she is trading sexual acts for “things of value”, this would be considered prostitution under Colorado Law (were this a real-life scenario).
Adams and Jefferson County Prostitution Definition
The Jefferson and Adams County, Colorado law definition of Prostitution – C.R.S. 18-7-201 – is:
(1) Any person who performs or offers or agrees to perform any act of sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation, or anal intercourse with any person not his spouse in exchange for money or other thing of value commits prostitution.
(2) (a) “Fellatio”, as used in this section, means any act of oral stimulation of the penis.
(b) “Cunnilingus”, as used in this section, means any act of oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris.
(c) “Masturbation”, as used in this section, means stimulation of the genital organs by manual or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse.
(d) “Anal intercourse”, as used in this section, means contact between human beings of the genital organs of one and the anus of another.
Offenses Relating to Morals in Boulder County
This crime is grouped under Article 7 of the Criminal Code: Offenses Relating to Morals. While some people may find it morally wrong to prostitute themselves or solicit/patronize a prostitute in Boulder County, others do not. Where some countries have a controlled prostitution industry, Nevada is the only state in the United States where prostitution is legal, and it is only permitted at special licensed brothels.
Which has harsher penalties: Prostituting Oneself, or Soliciting a Prostitute?
Prostitution is a class 3 misdemeanor in Colorado. This means 6 months in jail and a fine between $50 and $750. The charge for Soliciting a Prostitute is also a class 3 misdemeanor, but according to 18-7-202, “a person who is convicted of soliciting for prostitution may be required to pay a fine of not more than five thousand dollars in addition to any penalty imposed by the court.” Soliciting for Prostitution encompasses soliciting another for prostitution, arranging or offering to arrange a meaning for the purpose of prostitution, or even simply directing another “to a place knowing such direction is for the purpose of prostitution.”
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