What is child procurement in Colorado?
Section 18-7-403.5 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) provides:
Any person who intentionally gives, transports, provides, or makes available, or who offers to give, transport, provide, or make available, to another person a child for the purpose of prostitution of the child commits procurement of a child, which is a class 3 felony.
Penalties for procurement of a child
Procurement of a child for prostitution is not only a Colorado class 3 felony -- it is a crime for which the judge must sentence you to prison.
Penalties for procurement can include:
- 4-12 years in prison, and/or
- A fine of $3,000-$750,000.
Additional consequences of a conviction for procurement of a child include:
- Mandatory registration as a Colorado sex offender, and
- Collateral consequences of a felony conviction, such as:
- Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm, and
- Obligation to disclose the conviction on job applications.
Procurement of a child is often charged in connection with violent crimes, organized crime, or other sex crimes. Common code sections charged along with procurement include, among others:
- Human trafficking for sexual servitude -- 18-3-504 C.R.S.
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child -- 18–6–403 C.R.S.
- Procurement of a Child for Sexual Exploitation -- 18–6–404 C.R.S.
- Kidnapping --18-3-301 and 18-3-302 C.R.S.
- Pimping of a child -- 18-7-405 C.R.S., and
- Child abuse -- 18-6-401, C.R.S.
Defenses to child procurement
A key element of the crime of child procurement is intentionally giving, transporting or offering the child for prostitution. If you didn't intentionally make or offer to make the child available, or you didn't know what the child would be used for, you have not violated 18-7-403.5 C.R.S.
Other common defenses include:
- The “child” was 18 at the time of the alleged offense,
- You didn't intend the child for prostitution, or
- The police entrapped you or otherwise violated your rights.
Call us for help…
Children aren't the only victims of people seeking to exploit them. Sometimes parents and other guardians get taken in by false promises.
Maybe you thought you were getting your child a legitimate part-time job. Perhaps you were sending your child off to what you thought was an honest day camp. Maybe you just trusted the wrong person.
Whatever, the reason, our caring Colorado criminal defense lawyers are here to help. We defend people all across the state on Colorado sex crime charges. Contact us for a free consultation to find out how we can fight for you.
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