Prostitution in and of itself is a misdemeanor crime in the state of Illinois. When the crime involves a child under the age of 18, however, it is a felony offense. There are various prostitution-related sex crimes that can be committed involving children. One is promoting juvenile prostitution (720 ILCS 5/11-14.4), which involves advancing prostitution where the person engaged in prostitution is under 18, profiting from such prostitution. This includes holding a child or profoundly intellectually disabled person against their will for the purpose of prostitution. This offense is a Class 1 felony punishable by 4 -15 years in prison. It can also be a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison if committed with aggravating factors.

Another child-related prostitution offense is patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution (720 ILCS 5/11-18.1), which involves committing sexual penetration, or touching or fondling, with a child under 18 or profoundly intellectually disabled person in exchange for something of value. This offense is a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison, or a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years when the crime involves aggravating factors. These factors include committing the offense within 1,000 feet of school property.


Speak with a Chicago criminal defense attorney from Okabe & Haushalter today if you have been arrested for promoting juvenile prostitution or for patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution. Our attorneys have received awards for their skill and excellence, including being featured in the list of Super Lawyers®. Ryan Okabe has a 9.3 Superb Avvo Rating and Mark J. Haushalter is rated 10.0 Superb. View our client testimonials to learn more about our service and how we can fight your charges before you contact us for an appointment. Through a consultation, you could find out what a lawyer can do to have your charges dismissed.

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