See here for an in-depth look at the various Louisiana prostitution charges.
Louisiana is very infamous for its party scene that attracts thousands of visitors every year. In addition to drugs and alcohol, ne of the more common occurrences that happen in the bigger cities like Denham Springs is prostitution. It’s very common to see prostitution outside the parties, raves, bars, etc. in Louisiana and it’s becoming more popular by the year. However, prostitution is a very serious offense that should not be taken lightly, and if you are charged with prostitution it can come with some very life-altering punishments that you may not have been expecting. If you are charged with prostitution, it is extremely important that you seek legal help immediately so that you can fight the charges and hopefully attain the most positive outcome for yourself. Fortunately, Carl Barkemeyer has defended many prostitution cases in the past and is very knowledgeable regarding the Louisiana state prostitution laws so he may be able to help you.
Prostitution has many different facets when it comes to the law, including different charges, punishments, and circumstances that can really affect how your case will unfold. It is important to understand the different types of prostitution so that a successful case can be built to fight against your charges. The different types of prostitution are as follows:
(1) The practice by a person of indiscriminate sexual intercourse with others for compensation.
(2) The solicitation by one person of another with the intent to engage in indiscriminate sexual intercourse with the latter for compensation.
● Prostitution; persons under seventeen; additional offenses: It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of seventeen to engage in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of seventeen who is practicing prostitution, and there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons. Lack of knowledge of the latter person's age shall not be a defense.
● Soliciting For Prostitutes: the soliciting, inviting, inducing, directing or transporting a person to any place with the intention of promoting prostitution.
● Inciting Prostitution: the aiding, abetting, or assisting in an enterprise for profit in which:
(1) Customers are charged a fee for services which include prostitution, regardless of what portion of the fee is actually for the prostitution services,
(2) When the person knows or when a reasonable person in such a position should know that such aiding, abetting, or assisting is for prostitution, and
(3) When the proceeds or profits are to be in any way divided by the prostitute and the person aiding, abetting, or assisting the prostitute.
● Promoting Prostitution: the knowing and willful control of, supervision of, or management of an enterprise for profit in which customers are charged a fee for services which include prostitution, regardless of what portion of the fee is actually for the prostitution services.
● Prostitution By Massage: the erotic stimulation of the genital organs of another by any masseur, masseuse, or any other person, whether resulting in orgasm or not, by instrumental manipulation, touching with the hands, or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse or unnatural carnal copulation, when done for money. As used in this Section, the terms: (1) "Masseur" means a male who practices massage or physiotherapy, or both. (2) "Masseuse" means a female who practices massage or physiotherapy, or both.
● Massage; sexual conduct prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any masseur, masseuse, or any other person, while in a massage parlor or any other enterprise used as a massage parlor, by stimulation in an erotic manner, to:
(1) Expose, touch, caress, or fondle the genitals, anus, or pubic hairs of any person or the nipples of the female breast; or
(2) To perform any acts of sadomasochistic abuse, flagellation, or torture in the context of sexual conduct.
● Pandering is the intentional:
(1) Enticing, placing, persuading, encouraging, or causing the entrance of any person into the practice of prostitution, either by force, threats, promises, or by any other device or scheme;
(2) Maintaining a place where prostitution is habitually practiced;
(3) Detaining any person in any place of prostitution by force, threats, promises, or by any other device or scheme;
(4) Receiving or accepting by a person as a substantial part of support or maintenance anything of value which is known to be from the earnings of any person engaged in prostitution;
(5) Consenting, on the part of any parent or tutor of any person, to the person's entrance or detention in the practice of prostitution; or
(6) Transporting any person from one place to another for the purpose of promoting the practice of prostitution.
● Letting Premises for Prostitution: is the granting of the right of use or the leasing of any premises, knowing that they are to be used for the practice of prostitution, or allowing the continued use of the premises with such knowledge.
● Enticing Persons into Prostitution: is committed when any person over the age of seventeen entices, places, persuades, encourages, or causes the entrance of any other person under the age of twenty-one into the practice of prostitution, either by force, threats, promises, or by any other device or scheme. Lack of knowledge of the other person's age shall not be a defense.
Being sentenced with a prostitution charge can result in a variety of prison time and/or fines depending on the type and severity of the charge. However, the first line of defense is to contact an experienced lawyer who can craft a case built around your specific charges and circumstances to help you fight the punishments. Mr. Barkemeyer is very experienced when it comes to defending prostitution cases in Livingston Parish and Louisiana, and he will be help you come up with a strategy on how to best fight your charges. If you have been charged with prostitution in Louisiana, contact us at (225) 964-6720 for legal help immediately.