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Arrested for inducing child prostitution in Colorado?
CRS 18-7-405.5 is the Colorado law prohibiting inducement of child prostitution, defined as persuading a minor under 18 years old to perform a sexual act for money or thing of value. Inducement of a child is a class 3 felony in Colorado punishable by four to 12 years in prison and/or $3,000 to $750,000 plus sex offender registration.
CRS 18-7-405.5 states:
Any person who by word or action, other than conduct specified in section 18-7-403 (1)(a), induces a child to engage in an act which is prostitution by a child, as defined in section 18-7-401 (6), commits inducement of child prostitution.
1. What is inducement of child prostitution in Colorado?
Colorado law defines inducement of child prostitution as using words or actions to urge a child (under 18 years of age) to perform sexual favors – or to agree to perform sexual favors – in exchange for money or some other form of payment.
Inducement for the purpose of prostitution is typically done by flattery, compliments, and promises of money. If the adult’s behavior crosses over to criminal intimidation or menacing (CRS 18-3-206), then the adult would instead face charges for pandering (CRS 18-7-403) – which is a more serious child sex crime than inducement.1
Inducing child prostitution is using words or actions to induce a minor into prostitution.
2. What are the penalties under CRS 18-7-405.5?
Inducement of child prostitution is a class 3 felony in Colorado, punishable by:
Note that if the defendant used criminal intimidation or menacing to induce the child into prostitution, then the district attorney would instead bring class 2 felony charges for pandering of a child. Penalties include:
8 – 24 years in Department of Corrections and/or $5,000 – $1,000,000 in fines; and
sex offender registration.3
3. What are the best defenses?
Five potential defenses to Colorado inducement charges include:
The defendant did not do or say anything to induce a child to engage in an act of prostitution;
The child did not perform a sex act – or agree to engage in sexual activity – in exchange for money or something of value;3
The “child” was 18 years old or older at the time of the alleged offense;
The child or someone else falsely accused the defendant out of anger, revenge, or a misunderstanding; and/or
Ultimately the prosecutors have the burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the state lacks enough evidence to meet this burden, then the charge should be dismissed.
Violating CRS 18-7-405.5 is a class 3 felony under Colorado criminal law.
4. What are the immigration consequences?
Inducing child prostitution is a deportable offense, as is any kind of child sexual abuse.4 Consequently, non-citizens facing these charges must retain experienced counsel right away to try to get the charges reduced to a non-deportable crime. Learn more about the criminal defense of immigrants.
5. Can the criminal record get sealed?
It is not possible to seal Colorado convictions of inducement of child prostitution. These convictions remain on the defendant’s criminal record forever.