Prostitution Laws of Kansas


21-6419. Prostitution

21-6420. Promoting prostitution

21-6421. Patronizing a prostitute


21-6419. Prostitution.

(a) Prostitution is performing for hire, or offering or agreeing to perform for hire where there is an exchange of value, any of the following acts:

     (1) Sexual intercourse;

     (2) sodomy; or

     (3) manual or other bodily contact stimulation of the genitals of any person with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of the offender or another.

(b) Prostitution is a class B nonperson misdemeanor.


21-6420. Promoting prostitution.

(a) Promoting prostitution is knowingly:

     (1) Establishing, owning, maintaining or managing a house of prostitution, or participating in the establishment, ownership, maintenance or management thereof;

     (2) permitting any place partially or wholly owned or controlled by the defendant to be used as a house of prostitution;

     (3) procuring a prostitute for a house of prostitution;

     (4) inducing another to become a prostitute;

     (5) soliciting a patron for a prostitute or for a house of prostitution;

     (6) procuring a prostitute for a patron;    

     (7) procuring transportation for, paying for the transportation of, or transporting a person within this state with the intention of assisting or promoting that person's engaging in prostitution; or

     (8) being employed to perform any act which is prohibited by this section.

(b) (1) Promoting prostitution is a:

     (A) Class A person misdemeanor when the prostitute is 16 or more years of age, except as provided in subsection (b)(1)(B);

     (B) severity level 7, person felony when the prostitute is 16 or more years of age and committed by a person who has, prior to the commission of the crime, been convicted of promoting prostitution; and

     (C) severity level 6, person felony when the prostitute is under 16 years of age, except as provided in subsection (b)(2).

(b)(2) Promoting prostitution or attempt, conspiracy or criminal solicitation to commit promoting prostitution is an off-grid person felony when the offender is 18 years of age or older and the prostitute is less than 14 years of age.

(c) If the offender is 18 years of age or older and the victim is less than 14 years of age, the provisions of:

     (1) Subsection (c) of K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5301, and amendments thereto, shall not apply to a violation of attempting to commit the crime of promoting prostitution as described in subsection (b)(2);

     (2) subsection (c) of K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5302, and amendments thereto, shall not apply to a violation of conspiracy to commit the crime of promoting prostitution as described in subsection (b)(2); and

     (3) subsection (d) of K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5303, and amendments thereto, shall not apply to a violation of criminal solicitation to commit the crime of promoting prostitution as described in subsection (b)(2).


21-6421. Patronizing a prostitute.

(a) Patronizing a prostitute is knowingly:

     (1) Entering or remaining in a house of prostitution with intent to engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy or any unlawful sexual act with a prostitute; or

     (2) hiring a prostitute to engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy or any unlawful sexual act.

(b) Patronizing a prostitute is a class C misdemeanor.


Source: Kansas Legislature, "Statute," www.kclegislature.org (accessed Aug. 27, 2012)