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Prostitution Charges in Massachusetts


Massachusetts has very strict laws that govern prostitution, engaging in a sexual act for a fee. To be charged with a crime, a person doesn't have to actually engage in a sexual act. Agreeing to prostitution or soliciting someone for prostitution is also a crime. If you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation in Boston, then don't hesitate to obtain defense from a Brighton criminal attorney.

Russell Defense Firm provides tough advocacy and dedicated support to those charged with a crime. You may be facing serious penalties, including jail time and fines.


While prostitution may be charged as a misdemeanor, related offenses like solicitation, pimping and pandering may be more serious. Here are some of the Massachusetts laws that govern offenses related to prostitution.

Mass. General Laws Ch. 272, §53A (a)

Any person who "engages, agrees to engage, or offers to engage" in sexual conduct for payment will be fined up to $500 and imprisoned for up to a year. The sexual conduct does not have to occur to be charged.

Mass. General Laws Ch. 272, §53A (b)

Any person who "pays, agrees to pay, or offers to pay" will be given more serious penalties upon conviction: up to 2 ½ years in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

Mass. General Laws Ch. 272, §53A (c)

If a person conducts any of the above actions with a person under 18 years of age, he or she may incur penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 in fines.

Mass. General Laws Ch. 272 §§ 8

Any person who solicits a prostitute may incur penalties of up to 2 ½ years in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

Mass. General Laws Ch. 272 §§ 12

Any person who helps obtain a prostitute may incur fines of up to $500 and up to 2 years of imprisonment.

Mass. General Laws Ch. 272 §§ 24*

Any person who owns or keeps an establishment where prostitution occurs may be imprisoned for up to 2 years.

*those who are receiving their earnings may be punished more strictly: up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000


If you have been arrested for prostitution in Boston or any of the surrounding areas, then please don't hesitate to Russell Defense Firm. There are many avenues that undercover cops may try to use to accuse persons of prostitution, some of the most popular including massage parlors and Craigslist. If an undercover police officer has arrested you for prostitution in a massage parlor, through an online posting, or another method then you need representation! Get your free case evaluation with a Boston prostitution attorney that cares about your future. Attorney Russell will do whatever it takes to obtain a positive resolution for you. Call the office or submit an online form to get your free case evaluation.

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