Definition of Prostitution - Texas Penal Code

§ 43.02. PROSTITUTION. 

(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly: 

            (1) offers to engage, agrees to engage, or engages in sexual conduct for a fee; or

            (2) solicits another in a public place to engage with him in sexual conduct for hire.

(b) An offense is established under Subsection (a)(1) whether the actor is to receive or pay a fee. An offense is established under Subsection (a)(2) whether the actor solicits a person to hire him or offers to hire the person solicited.

(c) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor, unless the actor has previously been convicted one or two times of an offense under this section, in which event it is a Class A misdemeanor. If the actor has previously been convicted three or more times of an offense under this section, the offense is a state jail felony.

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Doug - May 29, 2008 10:43 PM

Is it a crime to pay two individuals to have sex for the purpose of voyeurism if the person paying does not engage in any sexual activity with the couple?

Heidi - August 17, 2009 2:54 AM

Who is it hurting if two people want to have sex and one person happens to want to pay for it? I mean, really. Just a way for this shitty state to make money.

Jamie - August 17, 2009 11:03 AM

Heidi? Fleiss? Thanks for stopping by...

:)

Bronson Granberry - August 27, 2009 12:41 PM

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Mark - July 13, 2010 11:15 PM

hey is it prostituting when you give someone your number online on a chat site and your not even in the state of the person you gave the number to?

Mark - July 13, 2010 11:15 PM

hey is it prostituting when you give someone your number online on a chat site and your not even in the state of the person you gave the number to?

kim - June 22, 2012 3:21 PM

people should look up the facts concerning prostitution and human trafficking before making assumptions that there are really "two consenting adults", this is the exception, not the rule.

J Tinoco - August 2, 2012 11:05 AM

Is there an ordinance for prostitution outlined in local city codes/ordinances? I found little, or no info in my city's ordinance that can be used to arrest those who have multiple offenses against them, without the police having to see them in the act. I need to know more about arrests for prostitution. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks

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