Prostitution, Pimping, and Soliciting

Engaging in sexual conduct for a fee is a crime prohibited by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 53A. The law defines “engaging in sexual conduct for a fee” as either: (1) engaging; (2) agreeing to engage; or (3) offering to engage in sexual conduct with another person for a fee. It does not matter whether any sexual conduct actually occurs, as long as there is an agreement or offer to engage in the sexual conduct.

This section also makes the acts of prostitutes’ payors criminal offenses. It proscribes (1) paying; (2) agree to pay; or (3) offering to pay another person to engage in sexual conduct. Again, whether any sexual conduct actually occurs is irrelevant.

If you are convicted of engaging in sexual conduct for a fee, whether you are the payee or payor, you face imprisonment in the house of correction for up to one year or a fine of up to $500, or both.

Procuring a person to practice or enter a place for prostitution is a criminal offense under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 12.

To convict a person of this offense, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant:

  1. Either:
    1. Procured;
    2. Enticed;
    3. Sent; or
    4. Aided or abetted in
      1. Procuring
      2. Enticing; or
      3. Sending

a person to practice prostitution or enter any place that is for prostitution. This prohibition against sending a person to a place for prostitution covers owners of employment agencies and their agents or employees.

If you are convicted of this offense, you face a fine ranging from $100-$500 or a prison sentence ranging from three months to two years.

Deriving financial support from prostitution is proscribed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 7.

To convict a person of this offense, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

1. The defendant derived support from, even partly, or shared in earnings, proceeds or monies that came from another’s prostitution; and 2. The defendant knew that that person was a prostitute.

This law is directed against those persons commonly referred to as “pimps” or “purveyors.” Merely driving a prostitute to a location and returning to pick the prostitute up in exchange for gas money is not enough to constitute this offense.

If you are convicted of this offense, there is a minimum five-year state prison sentence and a $5,000 fine. This sentence cannot be reduced to less than two years, and you will not be eligible for probation or parole until you serve two years of the sentence.

What Constitutes Soliciting a Prostitute in Massachusetts?

Soliciting for a prostitute is a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 8. The law prohibits (1) soliciting a prostitute; and (2) receiving compensation for soliciting a prostitute.

Penalties for Soliciting a Prostitute

If you are convicted of soliciting for a prostitute, you face imprisonment in the house of correction for up to one year or a fine of up to $500, or both. Attorney Stephen Neyman has had extensive experience successfully defending these and other criminal charges. If you have been charged, call our office at 617-263-6800 or contact us online today.

Case Results » Prostitution, Pimping, and Soliciting
  • Pretrial Probation for Man Charged With Sex For a Fee After Getting Caught up in Sex Sting Operation

    The past Saturday members of a southeastern Massachusetts sex trafficking task force were conducting a sting operation. They advertised on a website "skipthegames" for full service sex and other possible services. The defendant responded to the listing and arranged to meet at a designated location for the purpose of having sex. All communications were done using text messaging. The defendant went to the meeting place, a local hotel. He went to the room and was greeted by a woman. The two continued their sex for fee negotiations. The defendant was unaware that the woman was an undercover and that the room was monitored. After the services and fee were finalized the undercover sent out a signal resulting in numerous officers entering the room and effectuating an arrest. The defendant was charged with sexual conduct for a fee G.L. c. 272 Section 53, soliciting a prostitute G.L. c. 272 Section 8 and attempting to commit a crime under G.L. c. 274 Section 6. Today, the day of arraignment, the prosecutor agreed to pretrial probation for six months with twenty hours of community service. The case will be dismissed and the defendant will have no criminal record.

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  • Charges of Soliciting a Prostitute Attempting to Commit a Crime and Sex For a Fee Against Pharmaceutical Executive Dismissed

    On November 1, 2018 the defendant found himself caught in the middle of a human trafficking investigation in a southeastern Massachusetts town. He had been frequenting local massage parlors and soliciting sexual services over the Internet for years. Unbeknownst to the man one of the massage parlors had been under investigation for human trafficking. Our client was observed attending this establishment on multiple occasions. An informant who was also a prostitute working at this business identified our clients as one of her clients. He was stopped on November 1, 2018 exiting the business. Officers interrogated him. He panicked and confessed to being a frequent customer. He also surrendered his cell phone and permitted a search. Additional material appeared on the phone suggesting his common use of prostitutes. The man, a pharmaceutical executive was charged with sex for a fee G.L. c. 272 Section 53A, attempt to solicit a prostitute G.L. c. 274 Section 6 and soliciting a prostitute G.L. c. 272 Section 8. He hired Attorney Stephen Neyman. All charges were dismissed today.

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  • Pretrial Probation Under G.L. c. 276 Section 87 For Software Systems Analyst Charged With Sex For a Fee and Attempt to Commit a Crime and Soliciting a Prostitute Dismissed

    The defendant is a software systems analyst overseeing all technology for a local company employing in excess of one thousand people. On December 15, 2018 the man responded to an Internet advertisement listing full service sex for a negotiable fee. The advertisement was placed by police acting in an undercover capacity. Our client responded to the listings. He and the undercovers texted at length agreeing to particular services and a price. They agreed to meet at a specified location. When our client arrived he went to a designated hotel room where he was confronted by the undercover officers. He voluntarily produced his cell phone which showed the text. He was charged with several sex crimes, sexual conduct for a fee G.L. c. 272 Section 53A, attempting to commit a crime G.L. c. 274 Section 6 and soliciting a prostitute G.L. c. 272 Section 8. He hired our office to represent him. Today, we secured pretrial probation under G.L. c. 276 Section 87 on the sex for a fee case and the remaining charges were dismissed. After 90 days the sex for fee case will be dismissed as well. Our client will have no criminal record.

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