Within the last week, two women were arrested on separate occasions for engaging in prostitution from within a hotel in Paramus, New Jersey. The arrests came after a sex crimes sting operation in which police officers observed ads soliciting prostitution online. An undercover detective went to the hotel. On both incidents, the girls allegedly approached the detective and offered sexual activity in exchange for money. Immediately following the alleged solicitations, numerous detectives arrived at the hotel and placed each girl under arrest. The one girl, age 23, is a former resident of Florida, and the other, age 20, is a Canadian citizen.
The New Jersey statute N.J.S.A 2C34-1 lists multiple crimes that fall under the auspices of prostitution, and each is graded differently. For instances, it is a second degree crime to knowingly promote the prostitution of a child under the age of 18 or for a person to promote the prostitution of their own child or ward. It is a third degree offense to compel another to engage in or promote prostitution, promote the prostitution of one's spouse, or an actor knowingly engaging in the prostitution with a person who is under the age of 18. It is a fourth degree crime to promote prostitution, but a third degree offense if the promotion involves the operations of a house of prostitution or procuring inmates for a house of prostitution. It is a disorderly persons offense to engage in prostitution.
The two girls arrested by the undercover detective have been charged with disorderly persons offenses and will be tried before eth Paramus Municipal Court. If you have been charged with engaging or promoting prostitution, do not hesitate to consult an experienced sex crimes attorney.