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Prostitution » Is prostitution legal anywhere in Colorado?
Prostitution is illegal in all Colorado cities, counties and unincorporated areas. State law makes it a crime to buy or sell sexual favors, or to offer or solicit the sale or purchase of sex. The definition of sex includes intercourse as well as fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation, or anal copulation.
Some people mistakenly believe that prostitution is legal in the Pikes Peak region because the police tend not to crack down on sex workers there. But police will investigate if they receive notice or a complaint that prostitution is occurring there.
Prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-201) is defined as any exchange of money (or thing of value) for any act of either:
(Arguably, Colorado’s definition of prostitution does not prohibit the trading of money or things of value for other sexual acts such as touching one’s breasts or behind, analingus, or using an object to arouse.)
Note that merely soliciting or agreeing to prostitution is also a crime even if no sex occurs or money changes hands. Police may set up stings where an officer goes undercover as a “john” or “hooker” in order to catch people soliciting prostitution. Or police may rely on informants to help them catch suspects.
The best defense to fight a prostitution or solicitation charge turns on the specific charges and facts of the case. Common defenses are:
The penalties for prostitution depend on the specific charge the defendant is facing. Prostitution is usually a misdemeanor, but it always becomes a felony carrying Colorado Prison time when children are involved.
Soliciting prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-202) is defined as either:
Solicitation is a class 3 misdemeanor, carrying:
The judge may also impose an additional fine of up to $5,000 for Colorado’s prostitution enforcement fund.2
Patronizing a prostitute under C.R.S. 18-7-205 comprises either:
Therefore, “Johns” are usually charged with this offense. Patronizing a prostitute is a class 1 misdemeanor, carrying:
Having or allowing a place to be used as a place for prostitution to occur (such as a brothel/whorehouse) is a class 2 misdemeanor under C.R.S. 18-7-204. The punishment is:
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