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There are many crimes you can be charged for, but pandering is one that is frowned upon in society. While it's not prostitution, it's part of the process and seen negatively.

The best thing to do if you're accused of this crime is to protect your rights and reputation. Your attorney can help you build a strong case for your defense.

What is pandering?

Pandering is the act of procuring a person for prostitution. To be convicted of pandering, actual prostitution does not have to take place and the procurement doesn't have to take place. The attempt to find someone to become a prostitute or to entice someone into the sex trade is enough to result in a conviction.

Pandering is also when a person encourages, facilitates or promotes prostitution. For instance, if you run a spa and know that certain members of the staff provide sexual services, you could be convicted of pandering.

What kinds of penalties do you face for pandering?

Depending on where it takes place and which state or states are involved, the penalties vary. For example, you might face time in prison for several years just for encouraging prostitution.

Can you defend yourself against pandering charges?

Yes. In the situation where the spa has sex workers, if the owner did not know that employees were taking it upon themselves to prostitute themselves, the owner would not be guilty of pandering. Not knowing that it is happening or being unaware that money is being made because of prostitution is a defense.

You may also use several other defenses, like insanity, entrapment or involuntary intoxication, depending on your situation. Your attorney can help you decide the best option for your situation.

Source: FindLaw, "Pimping and Pandering Laws," accessed June 07, 2017

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