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Outside of a few counties in rural Nevada, in-person consensual sexual acts for payment are illegal across the United States. Under the 10th Amendment to the U. Now, a coalition of advocates led by sex workers is trying to change that. The Oregon Sex Workers Human Rights Commission held a public hearing Thursday to talk about why they believe decriminalization will protect sex workers from violence, decrease health risks and help to protect BIPOC and transgender communities. It featured testimony from a panel of a dozen experts, as well as testimony from dozens of past and current sex workers, advocates and allies.
By Ave Mince-Didier.
Under Oregon's laws, it is a crime to buy or sell sex, make money from or facilitate prostitution, or force another person to engage in prostitution. For more information on prostitution laws generally, see Prostitution. In Oregon, a person commits the crime of prostitution by engaging in or offering or agreeing to engage in sexual conduct, including fondling, in exchange for a fee.
Oregon's law against prostitution applies only to people who sell sex. People who buy sex can be charged with patronizing see below. Many people engage in prostitution because they think they have no alternative.
If you are involved in prostitution and would like to stop, there are organizations that can help you. People who buy sex sometimes called "johns" commit the crime of patronizing by paying, offering to pay, or agreeing to pay for sexual conduct.
Patronizing is punished more severely if the prostituted person is a minor a person under 18 years old. Laws against promoting prostitution sometimes called pimping or pandering are aimed at third parties who benefit from or help others commit prostitution. In order to be convicted of promoting prostitution in Oregon, the defendant must know that prostitution is occurring.
For more information on these crimes, see Pimping and Pandering. It is no defense to a charge relating to child prostitution, including patronizing a minor, that the defendant did not know that the child was under 18 or reasonably believed the child to be over For example, a "john" who agrees to pay for sex with a year-old prostitute could be punished more severely even if the defendant reasonably believed the prostitute was over People who engage in prostitution or related crimes can also be charged with racketeering organized crime under Oregon's racketeering law.
Patronizing is also a class A misdemeanor. People convicted of promoting or compelling prostitution are required to register as sex offenders in Oregon. People who are convicted of any crime related to prostitution are ineligible for a teaching or school administrator's in Oregon.
Teachers or school administrators who are convicted after earning their s will have their s revoked and must apply for reinstatement.
A criminal conviction related to prostitution can have dire consequences, including time in prison or jail, stiff fines, job loss, and even sex offender registration — which can impose lasting restrictions on your ability to work and live where you choose. If you are charged with such a crime, you should contact an Oregon criminal defense attorney.
An experienced defense attorney will be able to tell you what to expect in court and advocate on your behalf so that you can achieve the best possible outcome in your case. The information provided on this site is not legal advice, does not constitute a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship is or will be formed by use of the site.
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