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Prostitution is an illegal activity in the eyes of the federal government and in all states except Nevada. Exchanging money for sex is considered a criminal offense in Texas; however, customers and prostitutes do not always face the toughest penalties for this crime.

What Is Pimping?

Pimping, pandering and procurement are punished more severely than solicitation. Procuring is the act of facilitating prostitution by encouraging, inducing, forcing or directing a person to engage in sex for money. It is considered a more serious offense to take advantage of another person by actively promoting the sex business rather than simply participating in it.

Legal Penalties for Procurement

Pimping or promoting sex workers is considered to be a form of procurement. Collecting money from prostitutes or operating a business which promotes sex for money may be considered aggravated promotion. According to the Texas Penal Code, some penalties for this crime can include:

Houston Defenses for Promoting Sex

In order to convict someone for pimping or promoting the sex trade in Houston, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly and intentionally worked to entice people into the sex business.

The defense may argue that the defendant had no stake in the sex operation and had nothing to gain by promoting it. It is possible to argue that the defendant was merely a customer and was not attempting to encourage illegal activities.

If the defense is able to introduce convincing evidence that suggests no definitive link between the defendant and profits from the sex business, the prosecution’s case may suffer. The court may decide to drop the charges or reduce the charges for patronizing a prostitute, which is a less serious offense.

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