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Idaho Prostitution and Solicitation Laws

Offering someone sex in exchange for money is a proposition that has been around for centuries. Despite the legal ramifications that surround forming this type of social contract, prostitution and solicitation are crimes many people are willing to commit.

In order to crack down on this type of crime, Idaho prostitution and solicitation laws equally punish both parties to this sexual agreement. This is a quick summary of the prostitution and solicitation laws in Idaho.

Houses of Prostitution and the Law

Idaho prostitution and solicitation laws proclaim that a "house of prostitution" is any place where prostitution or promotion of prostitution is regularly carried on by one or more persons under the control, management or supervision of another. If the Idaho police learn that a house is being used in this manner, they can arrest any person that either lives in the house or has entered and remained in the house for the purposed of having sex.

The following table outlines the specifics of Idaho prostitution and solicitation laws.

Code Sections

Idaho Statutes §18-5613. Prostitution

What's Prohibited?

A person is guilty of prostitution when he or she:

  • Engages in or offers or agrees to engage in sexual conduct, or sexual contact with another person in return for a fee; or

  • Is an inmate of a house of prostitution; or

  • Loiters in or within view of any public place for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual conduct or sexual contact.

According to Idaho prostitution laws, "sexual conduct" is sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse. "Sexual contact" means any touching of the sexual organs or other intimate parts of a person not married to the actor for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of either party.

Patronizing A Prostitute

A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute or solicitation when he or she:

  • Pays or offers or agrees to pay another person a fee for the purpose of engaging in an act of sexual conduct or sexual contact;

  • Enters or remains in a house of prostitution for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct or sexual contact.


Under Idaho prostitution and solicitation laws, a conviction of these crimes are a misdemeanor. However, on a third or subsequent conviction, a conviction of this crime becomes a felony.

A misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail up to six months, by a fine up to $1,000, or by both. An offense declared to be a felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, by a fine up to $50,000, or by both.

If you have been accused of violating Idaho prostitution and solicitation laws, you can contact an Idaho criminal defense lawyer through FindLaw. Visit FindLaw's sections on prostitution, solicitation, and other sex crimes for more articles and information on this topic.

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