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Online Promotion of Prostitution

The Texas Online Promotion of Prostitution offense was created in the 86th Texas Legislative Session and is effective as of September 1, 2019.1 Learn more detailed information about the 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 Online Promotion of Prostitution in Texas? Call criminal defense lawyer Paul Saputo at (888) 239-9305 to discuss legal representation.

There is a separate aggravated form of the offense called Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution.

What is the current Texas law about Online Promotion of Prostitution?

Online Promotion of Prostitution was codified at Section 43.031 of the Texas Penal Code.2 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 another person or facilitate another person to engage in prostitution.

What is the punishment range for Online Promotion of Prostitution?

The lowest classification for Online Promotion of Prostitution will be a third degree felony,3 except that the offense is a second degree felony if you have been previously convicted of this offense or Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution;4 or the state convinces a jury that the conduct involved a person younger than 18 years of age engaging in prostitution, regardless of whether the you knew the age of the person at the time of the offense.5

Legal References:

1 Senate Bill 20, 86th Legislature, Sections 3.02 & 7.01

2 Texas Penal Code §43.031(a)

3 Texas Penal Code §43.031(b)

4 Texas Penal Code §43.031(b)(1)

5 Texas Penal Code §43.031(b)(2)

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