Wyoming prostitution law

According to the statutes, Wyoming prohibits prostitution (and similar crimes) and convicts offenders based on knowingly and intentionally breaking the law. Three statutes define and forbid various acts including prostitution, patronizing and promotion prostitution.

Prostitution

In Wyoming, a prostitute is a person who knowingly and intentionally performs or permits an act of sexual intrusion or offers or agrees to perform or permit an act of sexual intrusion in exchange for money or other valuable property. Convicted offenders for this misdemeanor crime may receive sentences of jail time up to 6 months and/or fines up to $750.

The crime must have been committed intentionally or knowingly to fall under the statute’s clear wording.

Patronization

Also a misdemeanor offense, patronization of a prostitute is illegal in Wyoming. Anyone who solicits an act of prostitution with the intent of sexual intrusion and intentionally or knowingly pays money or other property to another person under circumstances strongly corroborative of the intention that an act of prostitution may occur may be convicted of patronizing a prostitute. A sentence of up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine up to $750 may be handed down with guilty convictions.

Again, the act must have been committed knowingly or intentionally to fit the statute’s definition.

Promoting prostitution

There are several crimes included in this statute that criminalizes ways that people advance the crime of prostitution. Sentences for guilty convictions of this felony crime include up to 3 years in prison and/or fines up to $3,000.

The first crime included in promotion is knowingly and intentionally enticing or compelling another person to become a prostitute. If the person being compelled or enticed is under 18 years old the sentence becomes much more serious. Since this is considered a much more severe crime, the sentence grows to include a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a fine that may not exceed $5,000.

Next, anyone who intentionally or knowingly procures or offers to procure an individual for another person in order for an act of prostitution may be convicted of promotion of prostitution.

Any individual who has control over a place or building and allows that place to be used for prostitution is guilty of promotion and may receive the maximum sentence.

Finally, anyone who receives money or other valuables (including property) from a prostitute, without lawful consideration, knowing it was earned entirely or in part from acts of prostitution is an offender of the law.


The following Nevada counties have their own laws and regulations on prostitution:

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Prostitution laws in Canada