In North Carolina, it is a crime to buy or sell sex, or promote or facilitate prostitution. North Carolina also has laws against child prostitution. For more information on prostitution laws generally, see Prostitution. The criminalization of promiscuous but non-commercial sexual behavior, as described in the last part of the definition above, is almost certainly a relic of the past and not something that is normally enforced by police or prosecutors. Getting out of prostitution Many people engage in prostitution because they think they have no other alternatives.
If you are involved in prostitution and would like to stop, there are organizations that can help you. Loitering In North Carolina, it is also a crime loiter in any public place including a doorway or vehicle in order to engage in prostitution. Abetting Prostitution Many states have laws against pimping making money from the prostitution of others and pandering facilitating prostitution.
For more information on pimping and pandering, see Pimping and Pandering. In North Carolina, a person also commits the crime of abetting prostitution by: For example, a person who owns a massage parlor that is a front for prostitution can be convicted of abetting prostitution. Child Prostitution In North Carolina, it is a crime to promote or participate in the prostitution of a minor under the age of Child prostitution is broadly defined to include not only sexual touching and vaginal, oral, and anal sex, but also torture, masturbation, sadomasochism, bestiality, urination and bowel movements, and display of the genitals.
A person commits the crime of promoting child prostitution by encouraging, forcing, supervising, or supporting the prostitution of a minor. A person commits the crime of participating in child prostitution if he or she: A child cannot be convicted of participating in child prostitution.
Punishment Prostitution and abetting prostitution are class 1 misdemeanors. Generally, class 1 misdemeanors are punishable by up to 45 days in jail and a fine. If the defendant has prior convictions, class 1 misdemeanors are punishable by up to days in jail. First offenses for prostitution and abetting prostitution are punishable by probation only.
Loitering is also a class 1 misdemeanor. Promoting or participating in the prostitution of a minor is a class C felony, punishable by 44 to 92 months in prison and up to months in prison if the defendant has prior convictions.
The court can also impose a fine. Registered sex offenders are prohibited from working with children. Other penalties The board of education will automatically revoke the state license of any teacher or school administrator convicted of prostitution, abetting prostitution, or child prostitution.