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Europe – Where it’s escort job legal

 

 

1. Austria – legal since January 1st 1975. Escort service providers are required to be at least 19-years-old, register, pay taxes and undergo frequent medical check-ups. Brothels are illegal, so escort agencies should be careful how they organize their business. Pimping is also illegal.

 

 

2. Belgium – both escorting and agencies are legal, but pimping is illegal, so escort agency owners, best be careful how you market your escorts.

 

 

3. Cyprus – escorting is legal, but both brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

 

4. Czech Republic – the same holds true as for Cyprus. Only escorting is legal and regulated.

5. Denmark – escorting and prostitution were legalized on March 17, 1999, but brothels and pimping are still illegal.

 

 

6. Estonia – escorting and prostitution are legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are not.

 

 

7. Finland – escort work is legal, but selling and purchasing sex in public is not. It is also illegal to purchase sex services from a victim of trafficking. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal as well.

 

 

8. France – escorting is legal and escorts are expected to pay taxes. There are laws against soliciting in public. Brothel ownership became illegal in 1946, and pimping is a criminal felony.

 

 

9. Germany – Escorting and prostitution were legalized in 1927, but as of 2002 have been better regulated with the Prostitution Act that improved the legal rights of sex workers.

 

 

10. Greece – escorting and prostitution are legal, but all service providers must be at least 21, they must register and undergo health examinations every two weeks. Brothel ownership and pimping are also illegal, so escort agencies should not encounter any difficulties here.

 

 

11. Hungary – escorting and prositution are legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are not.

 

 

12. Iceland – while selling sexual services is legal, paying for them is not as of 2009, so framing your services is very important in this country. Make sure your clients come out of these interactions okay, and they’ll keep coming back to you. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal as well.

 

 

13. Ireland – escorting and prostitution is legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

14. Italy – the same stands true as for Ireland – escorting is legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are not.

 

15. Latvia – escorting and prostitution are legal, but service providers are required to undergo a monthly health examination.

 

16. Luxembourg – escorting is legal. Brothel ownership and pimping are not, however.

 

17. Norway – the same as in Finland, selling sexual services is legal, but purchasing such escort services is not. Brothel ownership and pimping are also illegal.

 

18. Poland – escorting and prostitution are legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

19. Portugal – the same holds true as for Poland: escorting and prostitution are legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

20. Slovakia – the same as above;

 

21. Spain – escorting and prostitution have a limited legality; they are not considered crimes, but the exact legal status is unclear. Tread lightly with your businesses in Spain. Brothel ownership is illegal only in some regions, while pimping is illegal nation-wide.

 

22. Sweden – escorting and prostitution also have a limited legality in Sweden. Selling sex is not a crime as of 1999, but buying sexual services still is. Clients could face fines and even up to six months in prison. Brothel ownership is illegal and can lead to four years in prison. Pimping is also illegal.

 

23. Switzerland – escorting and prostitution are legal, but escorts must register with the city and health authorities, as well as get regular medical check-ups. Brothel ownership was also legalized in 1992, but pimping is still illegal.

 

24. United Kingdom – escorting and prostitution are legal, but street walking or “persistent” solicitation are not. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

Europe – Where it’s illegal: Albania, Croatia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Slovenia.

 

 

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What are the typical sanctions for prostitution in the US? (in alphabetical order)

 

 

1. Alabama – Class A Misdemeanor for escorting and prostitution, but agency owners risk Class B and C felony charges for the management, supervision of others in sexual acts, as well as compelling someone to take part in such activities.

 

 

2. Alaska – Forcing someone to engage in acts of prostitution is a 1st degree offense and will be charged as a Class B felon. Madams and pimps also risk Class C felony convictions of up to 5 years in prison and up to $50,000 fines.

 

 

3. Arizona – The laws are very similar in Arizona, but what is interesting to note is that BDSM, even when it does not involve sex, is considered sexual activity.

 

 

4. Arkansas – While convictions are very similar to other states (meaning Class B and Class A misdemeanors), maximum sentences usually only reach one year in prison. However, managing someone younger than 18 in acts of prostitution is charged as a Class D felony.

5. California – Usually a class A misdemeanor, reaching up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, felony prostitution offences can get significantly worse. Loitering can also get you and easy offense for prostitution.

 

 

6. Colorado – Quite similar in legislation to other states, the biggest difference being in how clients are charged. There is a loophole to escape the charge if the engagement in acts of prostitution was not known.

 

 

7. Connecticut – Similarly illegal with one big difference regarding the sex of the providers and clients. While in some states you might get away with same-sex acts of prostitution or female clients and male escorts, in Connecticut you have no loophole in these situations.

 

 

8. Delaware – Usually a Class B misdemeanor unless the crime was committed anywhere near (1,000 feet) of a residence, place of worship or school, in which cases it will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor.

 

 

9. Florida – No laws against escorting, but there are very specific and thoroughly explained ones against prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping.

 

 

10. Georgia – Distinguishes between prostitution and escorting, but prohibits the sale and purchase of sexual services. Usually a misdemeanor, but pimps and brothel owners risk large fines and prison time.

 

 

11. Hawaii – As a first offense, a defendant is expected to pay a fine of $500 for the misdemeanor. In some cases, community service can be ordered instead of the fine or, in the case of other offenses, 30 days in jail.

12. Idaho – Similar to all other states – prostitution is considered a misdemeanor and can incurs $500 fines and anywhere between 1 to 6 months in jail. However, upon the fourth offense, prostitution will be judged as a felony (1 to 5 years in jail).

 

 

13. Illinois  Prostitution is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, but any following convictions are charged as a Class 4 Felony, as well as convictions that have occured within 1,000 feet of a school.

 

14. Indiana – A little harsher than most states, Indiana is straight to the point. Upon a first conviction, prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor and can be punished with up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. It becomes a felony (class C) upon the third conviction, and the sentence can be anywhere between 6 months and three years with a fine of up to $10,000.

 

 

15. Iowa – The laws here are quite similar to the rest of the states, the main difference being that Iowa also punishes it as a serious misdemeanor those who have rented or leased any space for the purpose of prostitution.

 

 

16. Kansas – Prostitution and the promotion of it are a Class A misdemeanor, but each new charge is categorized as a level 7 felony and the fine can even reach $100,000.

 

 

17. Kentucky While prostitution itself does not incur a heavy sentence, the promotion of it has significantly harsher charges. Loitering can also get you Class B charges if it isn’t the first offense.

 

18. Louisiana– Forget about Mardi Gras, the laws in Louisiana are no less prohibitive. The degree of the charge changes with each conviction, and even massage parlors are highly regulated.

 

 

19. Maine– The laws in Maine are pretty harsh and they seem to be adamant on wiping the practice away altogether. Prostitution can incur sentences of up to two years and fines of $2,000 even upon the first conviction.

 

 

20. Maryland– Everything is still highly illegal in Maryland, the biggest difference being that they treat almost all convictions like misdemeanors.

 

 

21. Massachusetts– Charges in this state vary with each type of prostitution and there are about 20 categories here. Fines and jail time can range greatly with each case.

 

 

22. Michigan– From a small fine to 20 years in jail time, various charges or prostitution and the promotion can get you scary convictions in Michigan.

 

 

23. Minnesota– This is the state with some of the strictest and harshest laws in the country, and the laws against prostitution are no different.

24. Mississippi– The laws against prostitution here are pretty short and to the point, but despite that there is no space for interpretation. Charges are pretty small compared to other parts of the country, with up to 6 months jail time and up to $200 in fines.

 

 

25. Missouri– A little harsher than other states, here most prostitution convictions start out as Class B misdemeanors and make no difference between the sexes.

 

 

26. Montana– Better not risk it in Montana as the laws are very harsh and not very open to interpretation. Charges range from a minor fine of $500 to a lifetime in prison sentence.

 

 

27. Nebraska – Laws are not permissive in Nebraska, but the penalties are fairly lenient, starting with fines of $250 and reaching prison sentences of 5 years.

 

 

28. Nevada – Charges are quite similar to other states, ranging from Class A misdemeanors to Class B and C felonies. There are 11 counties in Nevada, however, where the laws and regulations differ significantly and prostitution is not considered illegal. Prostitutes and brothel owners are expected to register with the state and are subject to strict regulations. Some of these counties are: Churchill, Lander, Lyon, Nye and Storey.

29. New Hampshire – Charges for prostitution range from Class A misdemeanors to Class B felonies.

 

 

 

30. New Jersey – Depending on the crime and the number of convictions, charges of prostitution can range from petty misdemeanors to felony sentences of up to five years on prison. Interesting to note that even drivers who use a vehicle in any kind of prostitution crime also risk charges, and at the moment of the conviction, his or her driver’s license will be revoked for six months.

 

 

31. New Mexico – Usually a petty misdemeanor with the management of prostitution being a felony (charges can even reach up to 18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000).

 

 

32. New York – With a small but strict range of sentences depending on each crime, New York’s prostitution charges range from Class B misdemeanors to Class B felonies.

 

 

33. North Carolina – From actual prostitution and brothel ownership to loitering and driving anyone for the goal of prostitution, pretty much everything is illegal in North Carolina. Getting two convictions in the span of one year can even get you a first degree sentence (1-3 years in prison and a fine).

 

 

34. North Dakota – The charges in North Dakota are quite similar to other states, ranging from Class B misdemeanors to Class C felonies. The regular divisions are: prostitution, promotion and facilitation.

35. Ohio – While the categorization of prostitution crimes (prostitution, compulsion, procurement, solicitation) is different from other states, the sentences and penalties remain very similar.

 

 

36. Oklahoma – The charges against prostitution in Oklahoma are very similar to other states, ranging from petty misdemeanors to felonies, but the penalties are somewhat worse. As a first-time misdemeanor offense, for example, you can be charged for anywhere in between 30 days in jail and one full year. The fines can also get a bit hefty for a first offense: up to $2,500.

 

 

37. Oregon – This state really takes the cake with fines and prison times. For a first-time misdemeanor offense of prostitution, the defendant can get up to one year in prison and/or a fine that can reach $6,250.

 

 

38. Pennsylvania – Similar to all other states, the biggest difference in Pennsylvania is that your crimes could and will most likely be made public. Laws against prostitution allow the public announcement of the crimes and sentencing in local newspapers.

 

 

39. Rhode Island – With recent updates made to the law in 2009, all acts of prostitution were deemed illegal and all loopholes were lost. Sentences and fines are very similar to all other states. First-time convictions: $250 - $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Subsequent convictions grow gradually.

 

 

40. South Carolina – Like all other states, prostitution is seen as a crime. However, the sentences here are among the most lenient, which is not saying a lot, however. Third-time or more convictions risk getting up to one year in prison and a fine of $3,000.

41. South Dakota – The legal system here is pretty open to interpretation when it comes to crimes of prostitution. If you’re caught, however, and there’s no way out, you risk the same jail sentences and fines as in most other states.

 

 

42. Tennessee – Convictions in Tennessee range from Class B misdemeanors to Class E felonies. The fines aren’t very big, ranging from $500 to $3,000 depending on the crime, but prison sentences can even reach six years.

 

 

43. Texas – Although most crimes of prostitution are treated as a misdemeanor, the sentences can sometimes get quite harsh with second offenses for both patrons and prostitutes reaching one year in jail and up to $4,000.

 

 

44. Utah  Despite being sanctioned as a Class B misdemeanor most of the times, the penalties for prostitution are still pretty rough ranging from up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 as a first offense to $2,500 and one year in jail.

 

 

45. Vermont – While having significantly more lenient charges here, prostitution crimes are still illegal and have consequences. First offenses will get you up to $100 fines, but can get you up to one year in jail. Whoops!

 

 

46. Virginia – First offenses here can get a little harsh with up to one year in jail and even up to $2,500 fines.

 

47. Washington – Both prostitution and patronization are charged equally in Washington, sanctioned with up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

 

48. West Virginia – First time offenses are usually charged with 60 days to 6 months in jail and a fine around $50-$100. Third offenses, however, can even get you 3 years in prison, so it’s not something worth playing around with.

 

49. Wisconsin – Be careful in Wisconsin cause charges here can reach up to 9 months in jail and $10,000 in fines just for first offenses. Punishments are pretty insane here.

 

50. Wyoming – Convictions for prostitution in Wyoming usually go for up to six months in jail and up to $750. 

 

 

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Latin America – Where it’s legal and where it’s not:

 

 

1. Argentina – Prostitution is legal in Argentina as article 19 of the Constitution clearly states that “the private actions of people that do not offend in any way the public order and morality, nor damage a third person, are only reserved to God, and are exempt from the authority of the magistrates.” Brothel ownership and pimping are, however, illegal.

 

 

2. Bolivia – The same stands for Bolivia: prostitution is legal, but owning a brothel or pimping are not.

 

 

3. Brazil – You’re in luck here because adult prostitution is not only completely legal, but there are no regulations for it either. Brother ownership and pimping are still illegal, however.

 

 

4. Chile – Adult prostitution is also legal in Chile, while brothel ownership ad pimping are not.

 

 

5. Colombia – Both brothel ownership and prostitution are legal. Pimping, however, is not.

6. Costa Rica – Prostitution and brothel ownership are legal, but prostitutes are required to carry a medical card that can inform the authorities when their last medical check-up happened. Pimping is illegal.

 

 

7. Cuba – All three, prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping, are illegal in Cuba.

 

 

8. Dominican Republic – Adult prostitution is legal, but there are regulations for it. It is illegal for third parties to derive financial gain from prostitution, which means that both brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

 

9. Ecuador – All prostitution businesses are legal in Ecuador as long as they are registered with the government and follow a strict set of health regulations.

 

 

10. El Salvador – Prostitution and brothel ownership are both legal, but pimping is not. It is illegal, however, to induce, facilitate or promote prostitution.

 

 

11. Guatemala – While prostitution and brothel ownership are both legal, pimping is not.

 

 

12. Haiti – Although all businesses in prostitution are illegal, the practice is very common and the police often ignore prostitute.

13. Honduras – Adult prostitution is legal, while brothel ownership and pimping are not. Facilitating prostitution is also considered illegal.

 

 

14. Mexico – Prostitution is legal and all prostitutes are supposed to register, pay taxes and get health examinations regularly. Many cities have red light districts.

 

 

15. Nicaragua – All prostitution-related businesses are legal. Prostitutes must be at least 14-years-old.

 

 

16. Panama – Prostitution is legal and regulated, and so is brothel ownership. Pimping, on the other hand, is illegal and sex trafficking is a pretty big problem in Panama.

 

 

17. Paraguay – Prostitution is legal for individuals aged 18 or older. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

 

18. Peru – Prostitution and brothel ownership are legal in Peru, but sex workers are expected to register with the authorities, pay taxes and submit to regular check-ups.

 

 

19. Uruguay – Prostitution Is legal in Uruguay for anyone over 18, but brothel ownership and pimping are not.

 

 

20. Venezuela – Everything goes in Venezuela. Prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping are all legal.

 

 

 

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Africa & the Middle East – Where it’s legal and where it’s not:

 

 

1. Angola – While just about everything is illegal here (prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping), the laws are not always enforced.

 

 

2. Cyprus – Prostitution is legal in Cyprus and the island proves a very profitable space for many escorts. Sex trafficking is quite common, however, so the authorities are usually on the alert. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

 

3. Egypt – Prostitution became illegal in 1949, but it is only illegal for the provider (most often referred to as ‘the woman’, so there might be loopholes for male companions). The client is considered a witness and is exempt from any punishment if he testifies against the prostitute. Brothel ownership and pimping are both illegal.

 

 

4. Ethiopia – Prostitution is legal in Ethiopia, but brothel ownership and pimping are not.

5. Iran – Prostitution is not only illegal, but punishments range from prison, lashing or even execution by stoning. Clients are also subject to criminal penalties. Brothel ownership is also a criminal activity, and the owner can be given anywhere between 1 to 10 years in prison. Pimping is illegal as well.

 

 

6. Iraq – Prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping are all illegal in Iraq as well.

 

 

7. Israel – Prostitution is legal, but brothel ownership and pimping are not.

 

 

8. Jordan – All three (prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping) are illegal in Jordan.

 

 

9. Kenya – Same for Kenya: all forms of prostitution are illegal.

 

 

10. Kyrgyzstan – While prostitution is not a crime in Kyrgyzstan, the precise legal status is uncertain. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal.

 

 

11. Liberia – Better not, all forms of prostitution are illegal in Liberia.

 

 

12. Rwanda – Same goes for Rwanda; it’s all illegal here.

13. Senegal – Prostitution became legal in Senegal in 1969. All prostitutes must be over 21-years-old, they must register with the authorities, get tested regularly, and can even get condoms with every visit to the clinic. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal, however.

 

 

14. Saudi Arabia – It’s all illegal here, and prostitution is even punishable by prison and flogging.

 

 

15. South Africa – The same goes here – prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping are all illegal.

 

 

16. Turkey – Prostitution is legal in Turkey, and providers are expected to register with the authorities and get constant medical check-ups (even as often as twice a week). Sex workers are not allowed to marry, and their children cannot occupy a high position in state services. Brothels are run by the state only and pimping is illegal.

 

 

17. United Arab Emirates – Prostitution is illegal and punishable by lashing and then imprisonment. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal as well.

 

 

18. Uganda – Not only is it all illegal in Uganda, but even individuals who were forced into prostitution are considered guilty and are charged equally. There’s no bright side here in regards to prostitution.

 

 

 

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Asia-Pacific Region – Where it’s legal and where it’s not:

 

1. Afghanistan – sex outside marriage is still very much illegal, and prisons in Afghanistan are full of women who were charged for having sex unmarried. Sentences range from 5 to 15 years in prison. As such, you can imagine, prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping are all illegal here.

 

2. Armenia – Prostitution is very much legal and so is sex tourism. Yerevan, the country’s capital, holds the largest number of sex workers in the country. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal, however.

3. Australia – The law here varies with each state. Some have decriminalized prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping; some have regulated them heavily, while others still consider them criminal activities.

 

                a. Australian Capital Territory – Since 1992, brothels and agencies are required to register with the authorities. There are no limits to number of workers or rooms, but street work is illegal.

 

                b. New South Wales – Since 1988, prostitution is legal, and brothel placement is handles by local authorities. Pimping, however, is illegal.

 

                c. Northern Territory – Escort agencies are required to apply for a license in order to operate their business, but independent escorts can operate unregulated. Brothels and street work are illegal.

 

                d. Queensland – Prostitution is legal and not significantly regulated, but advertising as an escort is prohibited. Pimping is illegal and the only associate an independent escort can have is a bodyguard. Brothels are legal and regulated, but brothels do risk being declared prohibited individually by local authorities.

 

                e. South Australia – Every form of prostitution is illegal here.

 

                f. Tasmania – All forms of prostitution are illegal.

 

                g. Victoria – Street work is illegal, but brothels of up to six rooms are legal and registered under local authorities. However, some larger brothels that existed prior to the six room act of 1994 are still operating legally today.

 

                h. Western Australia – Prostitution is illegal here, but brothels are tolerated by the local authorities.

 

4. Bangladesh – Female prostitutes older than 18-years-old are legal, but male prostitution is illegal. Brothel ownership and pimping are also legal.

 

5. Cambodia – All three forms, prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping, are illegal here.

6. Canada – Interestingly enough, selling sex in Canada is legal, but buying sexual services is not as of 2014. Clients face charges of up to five years in prison and a fine of $500 minimum. Brothel ownership is legal, but pimping is illegal.

 

7. China – Prostitution is illegal, except in Taiwan, where it was legalized in 2009. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal as well.

 

8. India – Prostitution is legal, but street work is not. Just avoid public spaces and you should be perfectly fine. Brothel ownership and pimping are both illegal.

 

9. Indonesia – Prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping are simply not defined in the law in Indonesia, so you can’t really say that they’re legal or illegal. The practices are common, but local authorities can sometimes enforce their power under the charge of “crime against decency”.

 

10. Japan – Only forms of prostitution that involve coitus are illegal in Japan; non-coital sex acts are all perfectly legal. Brothel ownership and pimping are illegal, however.

11. Malaysia – While prostitution itself is not a criminal act, soliciting prostitution is prohibited. Brothel ownership and pimping are also illegal.

 

12. New Zealand – Prostitution was legalized in 2003 for all citizens 18+. Brothel ownership is also legal and owners must be at least 18-years-old, must apply with the local authorities and be a citizen of New Zealand or Australia. The only applications that are denied are those of former convicts. There are no laws against pimping.

 

13. North Korea – No. Just no. It’s all illegal here. And scary.

 

14. Peru – Prostitution and brothel ownership are both legal, but living off of a sex worker’s earnings (pimping) is illegal.

 

15. Philippines – While prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping are illegal, there are many sex workers working from local bars that can register with local authorities. They must get regular health examinations.

 

16. Singapore – There are many legal red-light districts. Sex workers must be over 18-years-old and must undergo regular medical check-ups. Brothel ownership is also legal, but pimping is not.

 

17. South Korea – Prostitution became illegal in 1948. Brothel owners risk up to 10 years in prison and pimping is also illegal.

 

18. Thailand – It’s all illegal in Thailand.

 

 

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