In Ohio, prostitution and solicitation are illegal. Ohio's prostitution laws prohibit several different activates including: engaging in sexual acts for payment or services, seeking or actually engaging in sexual acts with a prostitute for money (loitering and solicitation), pimping or pandering, and promoting or participating in child prostitution.
The following table highlights the main provisions of Ohio's prostitution and solicitation laws.
Prostitution: Ohio Revised Statute §2907.25
Child Prostitution/Compelling Prostitution: Ohio Revised Statute 2907.21
Solicitation: Ohio Revised Statute 2907.24
Loitering to Engage in Solicitation: Ohio Revised Statute 2907.241
|What is Prohibited||
Prostitution : Engaging in sexual activity for money or payment
Child Prostitution/Compelling Prostitution: Causing or encouraging a minor or a person the defendant believes is a minor to engage in prostitution, or pays or agrees to pay a minor or a person the defendant believes is a minor to engage in prostitution.
Solicitation: Solicit a person to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money.
Loitering to Engage in Solicitation: Doing any one of the following things in or near a public place (including a driveway or doorway) for the purpose of soliciting someone to engage in prostitution:
Prostitution : Third Degree Misdemeanor, Can be elevated to a fourth or fifth degree felony if a person engages in the act after testing positive for HIV/AIDS
Child Prostitution/Compelling Prostitution: Felony, Degree of punishment depends on facts of case and the child's age.
Solicitation: Third Degree Misdemeanor, May also include a driver's license suspension and community service house. Can be elevated to a fourth or fifth degree felony if a person engages in the act after testing positive for HIV/AIDS.
Loitering to Engage in Solicitation: Third Degree Misdemeanor, Can be elevated to a fourth or fifth degree felony if a person engages in the act after testing positive for HIV/AIDS
|What is Considered Payment?||Money, gifts, favors, and other compensation|
Definition of "Public Place"
Definition of "Sexual Activity"
Sexual activity includes anal, oral, and valuating sex, and sexual touching
|Testing and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)||
Only if convicted of prostitution, solicitation, and loitering. May be required to submit to mandatory testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases at their own expense.
|Sexual Offender Registry?||If convicted of child prostitution, mandatory registration.|
Because prostitution laws can sometimes get complicated, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have questions about your specific situation.
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