Prostitution Statutes in Minnesota

PATRONS; PROSTITUTES; HOUSING INDIVIDUALS ENGAGED IN PROSTITUTION; PENALTIES (Minn. Stat. § 609.324)

Subdivision 1.Engaging in, hiring, or agreeing to hire minor to engage in prostitution; penalties.

  • Victim under 13
    Whoever intentionally does any of the following:

    1. engages in prostitution with an individual under the age of 13 years; or
    2. hires or offers or agrees to hire an individual under the age of 13 years to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact
  • Victim under 16 but at least 13
    Whoever intentionally does any of the following:

    1. engages in prostitution with an individual under the age of 16 years but at least 13 years; or
    2. hires or offers or agrees to hire an individual under the age of 16 years but at least 13 years to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.
  • Victim under 18 but at least 16
    Whoever intentionally does any of the following:

    1. engages in prostitution with an individual under the age of 18 years but at least 16 years;
    2. hires or offers or agrees to hire an individual under the age of 18 years but at least 16 years to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact; or
    3. hires or offers or agrees to hire an individual who the actor reasonably believes to be under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.

Subd. 1a.Housing unrelated minor engaged in prostitution; penalties.

  • Any person, other than one related by blood, adoption, or marriage to the minor, who permits a minor to reside, temporarily or permanently, in the person’s dwelling without the consent of the minor’s parents or guardian, knowing or having reason to know that the minor is engaging in prostitution. this subdivision does not apply to residential placements made, sanctioned, or supervised by a public or private social service agency.

Subd. 2.Prostitution in public place; penalty for patrons.

  • Whoever, while acting as a patron, intentionally does any of the following while in a public place is guilty of a gross misdemeanor:
    1. engages in prostitution with an individual 18 years of age or older; or
    2. hires, offers to hire, or agrees to hire an individual 18 years of age or older to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.

Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 4, a person who is convicted of violating this

Subd. 3.General prostitution crimes; penalties for patrons.

  • Whoever, while acting as a patron, intentionally does any of the following:
    1. engages in prostitution with an individual 18 years of age or older; or
    2. hires, offers to hire, or agrees to hire an individual 18 years of age or older to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.
  • Whoever violates the provisions of this subdivision within two years of a previous prostitution conviction for violating this section or section 609.322 is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 4, a person who is convicted of violating this paragraph must, at a minimum, be sentenced as follows:
    1. to pay a fine of at least $1,500; and
    2. to serve 20 hours of community work service.

The court may waive the mandatory community work service if it makes specific, written findings that the community work service is not feasible or appropriate under the circumstances of the case.

Subd. 6.Prostitution in public place; penalty for prostitutes.

  • Whoever, while acting as a prostitute, intentionally does any of the following while in a public place:
      1. engages in prostitution with an individual 18 years of age or older; or
      2. is hired, offers to be hired, or agrees to be hired by an individual 18 years of age or older to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact

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Subd. 7.General prostitution crimes; penalties for prostitutes.

  • Whoever, while acting as a prostitute, intentionally does any of the following:
    1. engages in prostitution with an individual 18 years of age or older; or
    2. is hired, offers to be hired, or agrees to be hired by an individual 18 years of age or older to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.

Locations

Anoka Office

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Anoka, MN 45.199654, -93.387372

2150 3rd Ave North
Suite 210
Anoka, MN 55303

Hopkins Office

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Hopkins Office 44.925443, -93.410989

25 9th Ave North
PO Box 458
Hopkins, MN 55343