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Colorado Prostitution Laws

In Colorado and most states throughout the country, prostitution is illegal. Prostitution is defined as any exchange of money or anything of value for a sexual act, such as sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, or masturbation. 

Engaging & Soliciting Prostitution in Colorado 

Not only can a person be charged with prostitution for offering sexual services, but he/she can also be charged with soliciting prostitution. Solicitation means offering someone else to trade money for sex, arranging or offering to arrange a meeting in order to engage in prostitution, or directing another individual to a specific location in order to solicit prostitution. 

Engaging and soliciting prostitution are considered class 3 misdemeanors, which carry a maximum six-month jail sentence and/or a fine of up to $750. Making a display or committing any act to promote prostitution—such as waving down a car to get the driver’s attention—is a class 1 petty offense, punishable by a jail term of up to six months and/or a maximum fine of $500. 

Remember, merely agreeing to engage or soliciting prostitution is also a criminal offense – even though sexual activity did not occur, or any money was exchanged. Police commonly set up sting operations to catch individuals in the act of solicitation. 

Patronizing a Prostitute 

Patronizing means engaging in a sex act with a prostitute or visiting a place where prostitution takes place to engage in a sex act. For example, a person who enters a brothel in order to pay for sexual intercourse can be charged with patronizing. 

This offense is a class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail term of 18 months and/or a fine of up to $5,000. 

Pimping & Pandering 

Pimping is defined as earning money from prostitution, while pandering means taking money to make arrangements for someone to hire a prostitute. Colorado laws against pimping and pandering target third parties who benefit from the sex trade. 

Pimping is a class 3 felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 years and/or a maximum fine of $750,000. If the offense involves pimping a child (a minor under 18 years old), then a conviction carries registration as a sex offender. 

Pandering is a class 3 misdemeanor. However, if a person intimidates or menaces someone to commit prostitution, then the offense is a class 5 felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to three years and/or a maximum fine of $100,000. Pandering a child also results in registration as a sex offender. 

HIV Testing 

Individuals who are convicted of prostitution or patronizing in Colorado must get tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can cause acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Engaging in prostitution while knowingly having HIV is a class 5 felony, while patronizing while infected with HIV is a class 6 felony, which carries a maximum prison term of 18 months and/or a fine of up to $100,000. 

If you have been arrested for a prostitution-related offense or any other sex crime in Denver, call the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. at (303) 622-3281 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation. More than three decades of trial-tested experience!