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Prostitution Penalties in Arizona

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.

According to 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 $2,500.

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 your side.

To get started, contact our firm immediately to schedule a free consultation with a Phoenix prostitution lawyer!