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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
  • Pre-Arraignment Diversion for Machine Operator Charged With Sex For a Fee

    Our client is a machine operator. Several weeks ago he responded to an online solicitation for sexual services. Following up on texts and phone calls, our client met with the person soliciting at a designated hotel room. Unbeknownst to our client, the individual was an undercover police officer. Our client was confronted and he provided his cell phone to the officer. It was quickly confirmed that the man had in fact been in contact with and involved in sexual services negotiations. He was summonsed for arraignment and charged with sex for a fee under G.L. c. 272 section 53A. Today, we were able to get our client pre-arraignment diversion under G.L. c. 276A

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  • Sex For Fee Case Against Massage Parlor Owner to be Dismissed

    Our client is a massage parlor owner with multiple facilities in several Massachusetts cities and towns. In May of 2019 an undercover police officer entered her business. While receiving a massage the defendant offered sexual services. She identified the services and the fee for each. The officer arrested her and charged her with soliciting for prostitution in violation of G.L. c. 272 section 8. The woman had several prior convictions in multiple states. Our office was able to get this case continued without a finding. All charges will be dismissed in sixty days. 

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  • Pretrial Probation for CEO of International Technology Company Charged With Sexual Conduct for a Fee

    On September 12, 2019 members of the Massachusetts State Police along with local police departments coordinated a sting operation targeting people seeking sex in exchange for money. They placed on online advertisement listing a phone number that was answered by a female officer portraying herself as a prostitute. Our client responded and negotiated various sex acts for a specific price. The defendant and undercover officer agreed to meet at a suburban Boston hotel. Our client arrived, introduced himself and offered the negotiated money. He was arrested by the undercover officer and backup officers. He was charged with sexual conduct for a fee under G.L. c. 272 Section 53A. Attorney Stephen Neyman was retained. Today, we were able to get our client pretrial probation under G.L. c. 276 Section 87. All charges will be dismissed. 

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