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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
  • Sex For Fee Charges Against Local University Professor Nolle Prossed Defendants Avoids Likely Deportation

    On May 30, 2019 police from a major crime unit conducted an undercover operation targeting men seeking sex for a fee through the internet. The officers posing as prostitutes saturated the internet with solicitations for all types of sexual services. The officers obtained a cell phone for final contact with the customers and engaged in extensive texting negotiating services, fees and meeting places. Our client, a local university professor was one of the customers. He was charged with sex for a fee under G.L. c. 272 section 53A. Our client has a PhD in several disciplines and has been in this country for several decades. However, the defendant is not a citizen and anything short of a dismissal would result in his deportation and loss of his tenured position. The man hired Attorney Stephen Neyman to represent him. We were able to convince the district attorney's office to nolle prosse the case. 

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  • Petition to Seal Criminal Prosecution Allowed and Matter Sealed

    Our client is a non-citizen. Over a year ago we were able to get him pretrial probation under G.L. c. 276 Section 87 for a sex for a fee case charged under G.L. c. 272 Section 53. The defendant is employed in a secure high tech industry and continuously scrutinized when applying for promotions and earning contracts on high level security projects. These background checks have revealed the criminal matter even though the matter was dismissed long ago. Accordingly, the client asked us to petition the Court to seal the matter under G.L. c. 276 Section 100. We prevailed upon the judge to allow the petition and the docket is now sealed. 

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  • 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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