Frequently Asked Questions About Prostitution in Minnesota

What if no money was exchanged?

Prostitution is defined as hiring, offering, or agreeing to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact. Therefore, a person can be charged with prostitution without exchanging money.

Will I have to register as a sex offender if I am convicted?

If a person is convicted for prostitution charges involving soliciting a minor, that person will be required to register as a “predatory offender.” Other prostitution charges do not automatically entail sex offender registry.

What if I did not know how old the other person was?

Knowledge of the age of the other person is part of the intent requirement for a prostitution conviction.

What if I really just wanted a massage?

The State must prove that a person offered, agreed to, or engaged in, sexual contact or sexual penetration. A prostitution conviction cannot prevail without proving this.