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Attorney Weighs in On Prairie Village KS Prostitution Sting

Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Fifty-two people have been arrested in Prairie Village Kansas for Prostitution, Promoting Prostitution and Soliciting Prostitution.   These latest arrest comes on the heels of two arrests in early August for promoting prostitution.

The City of Prairie Village utilizes the Uniform Public Offence Code and Standard Traffic Ordinance from the League of Kansas Municipalities.

Prostitution (Sec. 4.3) as defined by the ordinance,

Prostitution is performing for hire, or offering or agreeing to perform for hire where there is an exchange of value, any of the following acts: (a) Sexual intercourse; (b) Sodomy; or (c) Manual or other bodily contact simulation of the genitals of any person with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of the offender or another.   Prostitution is a Class B Violation.  A class B violation carries a range of punishment from one day to six months in jail and/or a fine of $1 to $1000 or a combination of the two.

Promoting Prostitution (Sec. 4.4) as defined by the ordiance:

Promoting prostiution is: (a) establishing, owning, maintaining or managing a house of prostitution or participating in the establishment, ownership, maintenance or management thereof; (b) Permitting any place partially or wholly owned or controlled by the defendant to be used as a house of prostitution;  (c) Procuring a prostitute for a house of prostitution; (d) inducing another to become a prostitute; (e) soliciting a patron for a prostitute or for a house or prostitution; (f) Procuring a prostitute for a patron; (g) Procuring transportation or paying for the transportation of, or transporting a person within this city with the intention of assisting or promoting that person’s engaging in prostitution; or (h) Being employed to perform any act which is prohibited by this section.  This is a class A violation which carries a range of punishment of one day to one year in jail and/or a fine of $1 to $2500.

Patronizing a Prostitute (Sec. 4.5) as defined by the ordinance:

Patronizing a prostitute is either: (a) Knowingly entering or remaining in a house of prostitution with intent to engage in sexual
intercourse, sodomy or any unlawful sexual act with a prostitute; or (b) Knowingly hiring a prostitute to engage in sexual
intercourse, sodomy or any unlawful sexual act.  Patronizing a prostitute is a Class C violation which carries a range of punishment of one day to one month in jail and/or a combination of $1 to $500 fine.

So What Happens if I Am Charged?

The answer will depend on a number of factors.  Your attorney will want to know details about:

  • Previous criminal history
  • The evidence (what happened, who was there)
  • Did you speak to the police?
  • All papers given to you upon your arrest.
The consequences could range from a probation to jail time and a fine.  You can see from the ordinance that the solicitors get dinged the hardest in terms of jail time and fine time but that doesn’t always mean that is what will happen.
People make mistakes.  The biggest mistake would be not to contact an attorney who can help you out of this mess.
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