Prostitution Crimes in Arkansas

Although it is considered the oldest profession in the world, it is illegal in most states across the country, except for Nevada. In Arkansas, prostitution-related crimes are punishable by lengthy jail or prison sentences, expensive fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record which could cause irreparable damage to someone’s reputation.

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Penalties for Prostitution-Related Offenses

There are three main types of crimes related to prostitution: Prostitution, sexual solicitation, and promoting prostitution.

An offender commits prostitution by engaging in – or agreeing to engage in – sexual activity with another individual in exchange – or in expectation of – a fee. The first offense of prostitution is considered a Class B misdemeanor, which results in a maximum jail sentence of 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000.

For a second offense, or subsequent offense, of prostitution, it is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $2,500.

Sexual solicitation is offering – or agreeing – to pay a person to engage in sexual activity, as well as soliciting – or requesting – a person to engage in sexual activity for a fee. First offense for sexual solicitation is a Class B misdemeanor, while a second offense is a Class A misdemeanor. Furthermore, offenders convicted of soliciting prostitution are also fined $250.

There three different degrees of promoting prostitution. First-degree promoting prostitution is knowingly advancing prostitution by compelling an individual by physical force or intimidation to engage in prostitution, as well as advancing prostitution of a person who is less than 18 years of age. This offense is considered a Class D felony, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Second-degree promoting prostitution is knowingly advancing prostitution by managing, controlling, supervising, or owning a house of prostitution involving two or more prostitutes. It is considered a Class A misdemeanor.

Third-degree promoting prostitution is having a possessory or propriety interest in a property which you know is being used for prostitution, and failing to make proper efforts to stop the act. It is considered a Class B misdemeanor.

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