Human Trafficking and Prostitution Defense Lawyers in Denver
On this page, you will find information about Colorado’s human trafficking and prostitution laws. The state takes these offenses seriously and puts considerable resources into prosecuting them. If you are under investigation for human trafficking or prostitution, or if you have already been arrested and charged, you need to seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Attorney J.Y. Kang and Attorney Vince Buckmelter are human trafficking and prostitution defense lawyers in Denver that you can turn to. They each have decades of experience and have tried numerous cases before Colorado judges and juries. To find out how they can help, reach out today.
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Colorado Human Trafficking Law and Penalties
Colorado law defines human trafficking as the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining an individual for labor or services using force, fraud, or coercion. This includes any commercial or sexual activity involving a minor under the age of 18. Regardless of the age of the persons who are trafficked, this type of crime is a felony.
The penalties for human trafficking offenses involving adults include fines of up to $750,000 and between 4 and 16 years in prison. Offenses involving minors can carry fines of up to one million dollars and a prison sentence of 16 to 48 years.
Colorado Prostitution Law
Colorado law defines prostitution as performing, offering, or agreeing to perform a sexual act in exchange for money or something of value. For a person to be convicted of this offense, the prosecution must demonstrate a few things. First, they need to show that the defendant either agreed to perform or performed a sexual act with someone who was not their spouse. Then, they must demonstrate that the defendant received or agreed to receive money, goods, or services in exchange.
Beyond the offense of prostitution itself, other crimes are pertinent to prostitution law.
- Pimping: When a person supports themselves fully or partially through another person engaging in prostitution.
- Pandering: Arranging for or inducing another person to participate in prostitution.
- Soliciting for Prostitution: When an individual arranges to meet with another person to engage in prostitution.
- Patronizing a Prostitute: Participating in sexual acts with a prostitute or visiting a location to participate in sexual acts with a prostitute.