Enforcement of Prostitution Ordinance is up in Missouri. Recently there has been a wave of arrests in the City of Kirkwood in St. Louis County, Missouri for solicitation of prostitution and patronizing prostitution. Many of the arrests have resulted from individuals allegedly calling online advertisements. The ordinance for patronizing prostitution in Kirkwood is as follows:
Sec. 17-91. Patronizing prostitution – penalty.
(1) A person commits the crime of patronizing prostitution if:
(a) Pursuant to prior understanding, he or she gives something of value to another person as compensation for that person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with him or her, or with another; or
(b) He or she gives or agrees to give something of value to another person on an understanding that in return therefore that person or a third person will engage in sexual conduct with him or her, or with another; or
(c) He or she solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her, or with another, or to secure a third person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her, or with another, in return for something of value.
(2) It shall not be an affirmation defense that the defendant believed that the person he or she patronized for prostitution was eighteen years of age or older.
If charged with solicitation and patronizing prostitution, it is vital that an individual obtain experienced legal representation in order to ensure all proper defenses are raised. The St. Louis solicitation and patronizing prostitution lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. have represented many individuals charged with solicitation in and around the St. Louis area, including Kirkwood, and received extremely favorable results for their clients. If you have been charged with patronizing prostitution, call us today to schedule your free consultation. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to begin your confidential defense as soon as possible.