Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution

Chapter 43 of the Texas Penal Code defines charges and punishments for offenses of public indecency.

“Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution”, as per § 43.04 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person knowingly:

  • causes another by force, threat, or fraud to commit prostitution; or
  • causes by any means a child younger than 18 years to commit prostitution, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the child at the time of the offense.

An offense under Subsection 1) is a felony of the second degree. An offense under Subsection 2) is a felony of the first degree.

Punishment Range

Second Degree Felony

  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 20 years or less than two years
  • In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000

First Degree Felony

  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for life, or
  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 99 years or less than five years with the exception of aggravated sexual assault, which adds a 25-year minimum punishment if the victim is younger than 6, or younger than 14 and the offense contained threats of serious bodily injury or death, or use of a deadly weapon
  • In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000

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