Prostitution is known for being the “oldest occupation,” but to this day,
it’s criminalized in most jurisdictions, except for a few areas
in Nevada. Many people wonder why it’s illegal, especially when
it involves consenting adults, but there are reasons why local, state,
and federal authorities condemn the practice – one of them being
sexual exploitation through human trafficking.
To this day, prostitution remains a thriving business. To illustrate: After
a study investigated the illegal sex trade in eight large American cities, the
The Economist reported that, “pimps can do rather well for themselves. Some in
Atlanta bring in $3,000 a week,” the study learned.
The New York Times Magazine, “The United States has some of the world’s most sweeping
laws against prostitution, with more than 55,000 arrests annually, more
than two-thirds of which involve women.” In New York city, “women
of color are a higher risk of arrest,”
The New York Times Magazine reported.
Arizona’s Prostitution Laws
Whether you’re for or against the legalization of prostitution, it’s
still very much illegal in Arizona. Some of the reasons why legislatures
are so against it is because it’s not taxed, it spreads sexually
transmitted diseases, such as HIV, and it promotes human sex trafficking,
which has many victims who were minors (under the age of 18).
In Arizona, prostitution is criminalized under
Section 13-3214 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. This section states that: “It is
unlawful for a person to knowingly engage in prostitution.” A first
prostitution offense is a
Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to
six months in jail and by a fine not to exceed
Are you facing prostitution charges in Phoenix? Whether you’re accused
of being the prostitute or the “John,” it’s important
that you secure a legal defense. At the Law Offices of Josh S. Davidson,
PLC, you get to work with a former Maricopa County prosecutor who is on
To get started,
contact our firm immediately to schedule a
free consultation with a Phoenix prostitution lawyer!