Prostitution Laws in Seattle and Washington

  • Prostitution and patronizing a prostitute both count as misdemeanors
  •  The following crimes are all felonies and can carry punishments of jail time, fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender:
    • Commercial sexual abuse of a minor (patronizing a minor)
    • Promoting prostitution (defined as profiting from prostitution or advancing prostitution.)  If anyone other than the sex worker promotes his or her services, collects any of the fees, provides a location for or profits in any way from the sex work, that person could be charged with promoting prostitution. Promoting prostitution is a felony regardless of whether there is an element of coercion in the relationship.
    • Travel for prostitution (defined as any person who offers to sell travel services for the purpose of prostitution is also committing a felony. This includes travel inside Washington state.  Promoting or selling interstate travel violates federal prostitution laws.

 

Washington State Laws on Prostitution

9A.88.030Prostitution. 

9A.88.040Prosecution for prostitution under RCW 

9A.88.030—Affirmative defense. 

9A.88.050Prostitution—Sex of parties immaterial—No defense. 

9A.88.060Promoting prostitution—Definitions. 

9A.88.070Promoting prostitution in the first degree. 

9A.88.080Promoting prostitution in the second degree. 

9A.88.085Promoting travel for prostitution. 

9A.88.090Permitting prostitution. 

9A.88.110Patronizing a prostitute. 

9A.88.120Additional fee assessments. 

9A.88.130Additional requirements. 

9A.88.160Promoting prostitution in the first degree, second degree—Court appearance—No-contact orders—Entry of order into computer-based criminal intelligence information system. 

9A.88.170Promoting prostitution in the first degree, second degree—Court may prohibit defendant’s contact with victim—No-contact orders—Issuance, termination, modification—Entry of order into computer-based criminal intelligence information system. 

9A.88.180Promoting prostitution in the first degree, second degree—Condition of sentence restricting contact—No-contact orders—Entry of order into computer-based criminal intelligence information system. 

 

Seattle Laws

https://library.municode.com/wa/seattle/codes/municipal_code?nodeId=TIT12ACRCO_SUBTITLE_ICRCO_CH12A.10OFAGPUMO