Maryland Prostitution and Solicitation Laws
All aspects of prostitution are illegal in Maryland. This includes buying (traditionally called solicitation, but called “assignation” in Maryland), selling (prostituting oneself), and pimping (also known as pandering, but now called "human trafficking" in Maryland). Maryland’s switch to human trafficking as a crime under the prostitution laws adequately addresses the coercive nature of how young women and girls are actively recruited and coerced into prostitution. In general, Maryland more harshly punishes those who involve minors in prostitution, whether through solicitation or abducting for prostitution.
Maryland Prostitution and Solicitation Statutes
The following table outlines Maryland’s prostitution and solicitation laws.
|Code Sections||Maryland Criminal Law Article, Sections 11-303: Human Trafficking, 11-304: Receiving the Earnings of a Prostitute, 11-305: Abducting a Child Under 16 for Prostitution, 11-306: House of Prostitution, and 3-603: Sale of a Minor|
Maryland prohibits all of the following prostitution, solicitation, and pimping related crimes:
Penalties in Maryland are typically described in the statute describing the offense. The penalties for the crimes above include:
Additionally, conviction of some of these offenses will require you to register as a sex offender. Tier II (25 year registration period) offenses include: abduction of a child for prostitution, human trafficking, sexual solicitation of a minor, and house of prostitution. Tier III or lifetime registration can be required for the sale of a minor.
|Defenses||Typically, any defense such as innocence, lack of intent, lack of knowledge, or lack of any necessary element to a crime above could be a useful strategy in a prostitution-related case.
However, sometimes the statutes alter possible defenses. For example, the human trafficking statute explicitly states not knowing the age of the victim is not a defense. Much like how consent or not knowing the child’s true age often isn’t a defense to statutory rape.
Note: State laws change frequently, so be sure to conduct your own legal research or consult a Maryland criminal law attorney to verify the accuracy of this information.
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