Prostitution Laws of Indiana


IC 35-45-4-2 Prostitution

IC 35-45-4-3 Patronizing a prostitute

IC 35-45-4-4 Promoting prostitution



IC 35-45-4-2 Prostitution

Sec. 2. A person who knowingly or intentionally:

(1) performs, or offers or agrees to perform, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct; or

(2) fondles, or offers or agrees to fondle, the genitals of another person;

for money or other property commits prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class D felony if the person has two (2) prior convictions under this section.

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.5. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.77; Acts 1979, P.L.301, SEC.1; P.L.310-1983, SEC.3.

IC 35-45-4-3 Patronizing a prostitute

Sec. 3. A person who knowingly or intentionally pays, or offers or agrees to pay, money or other property to another person:

(1) for having engaged in, or on the understanding that the other person will engage in, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with the person or with any other person; or

(2) for having fondled, or on the understanding that the other person will fondle, the genitals of the person or any other person;
commits patronizing a prostitute, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class D felony if the person has two (2) prior convictions under this section.

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.5. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.78; Acts 1979, P.L.301, SEC.2; P.L.310-1983, SEC.4.

IC 35-45-4-4 Promoting prostitution

Sec. 4. A person who:

(1) knowingly or intentionally entices or compels another person to become a prostitute;

(2) knowingly or intentionally procures, or offers or agrees to procure, a person for another person for the purpose of prostitution;

(3) having control over the use of a place, knowingly or intentionally permits another person to use the place for prostitution;

(4) receives money or other property from a prostitute, without lawful consideration, knowing it was earned in whole or in part from prostitution; or

(5) knowingly or intentionally conducts or directs another person to a place for the purpose of prostitution;

commits promoting prostitution, a Class C felony. However, the offense is a Class B felony under subdivision (1) if the person enticed or compelled is under eighteen (18) years of age.
As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.5. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.79; Acts 1978, P.L.148, SEC.6.


Source: Indiana General Assembly, "Indiana Code," www.in.gov (accessed Aug. 27, 2012)