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Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution

The Texas Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution offense was created in the 86th Texas Legislative Session by SB 20. The offense will be effective on September 1, 2019. Learn more detailed information about the Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution offense below.

*This is a new offense as of 2019. More detail will be added to this page as soon as it is available*

Concerned about Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution in Texas? Call criminal defense lawyer Paul Saputo at (888) 239-9305.

There is also a non-aggravated form of the offense called Online Promotion of Prostitution.

What is the law on Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution in Texas?

As of September of 2019, Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution is to be codified at Section 43.041 of the Texas Penal Code. Subsection (a) describes the offense as follows:

A person commits an offense if the person owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service or information content provider, or operates as an information content provider, with the intent to promote the prostitution of five or more persons or facilitate five or more persons to engage in prostitution

What is the punishment range for Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution?

The lowest classification for Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution will be a second degree felony,1 except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if you have been previously convicted of the same offense2 or the state convinces a jury that you engaged in conduct involving two or more persons younger than 18 years of age engaging in prostitution, regardless of whether you knew the age of the persons at the time of the offense.3


Legal References:

1 Texas Penal Code §43.041(b), as passed by SB 20 in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

2 Texas Penal Code §43.041(b)(1), as passed by SB 20 in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

3 Texas Penal Code §43.041(b)(2), as passed by SB 20 in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

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