Chapter 9.30
PROSTITUTION

Sections:

9.30.010    Definitions.

9.30.020    Prohibited – Procuring prohibited.

9.30.030    Houses of ill fame.

9.30.040    Aiding in prostitution prohibited.

9.30.050    Receiving money from prostitute prohibited.

9.30.060    Remaining in house of prostitution prohibited.

9.30.070    Loitering for prostitution purposes prohibited.

9.30.080    Reputation testimony permitted.

9.30.090    Fines.

9.30.010 Definitions.

A. “Assignation” means the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement.

B. “Lewdness” means any obscene act.

C. “Prostitution” means the giving or receiving of the body for sexual intercourse for hire. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(k))

9.30.020 Prohibited – Procuring prohibited.

A. No person shall engage in prostitution, lewdness or assignation.

B. No person shall solicit, induce, entice, invite, compel, coerce, require, or procure another to commit an act of lewdness, assignation or prostitution. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(b), (c))

9.30.030 Houses of ill fame.

A. Any person or persons who set up, lease, sell, open, keep, carry on or maintain any bawdy house, house of prostitution, house of ill fame or place of assignation or who knowingly aid or assist in leasing, selling, setting up, keeping, carrying on or maintaining any such house or place shall be deemed ordinance violators; provided, that in all cases of prosecution under this section, common fame shall be competent evidence in support of a complaint thereunder, and every house or place used for the purpose of prostitution, fornication or lewdness in the city shall be taken and deemed to be a bawdy house within the meaning of this section, and any person residing in such house or place with the knowledge of its character shall be presumed, in any prosecution against such house, place, person or persons, to be an ordinance violator as in this section provided.

B. No person shall maintain or operate any place, house, building, vehicle, trailer, or other structure for the purpose of prostitution or assignation.

C. No person shall knowingly own any place, house, building or other structure, or part thereof, or vehicle or trailer, used for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution, or let, lease or rent or contract to let, lease or rent any such place, premises, or conveyance, or any part thereof, to another with knowledge or reasonable cause to believe that the intention of the lessee is to use such place, premises or conveyance for prostitution, lewdness or assignation. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(a), (d), (e))

9.30.040 Aiding in prostitution prohibited.

A. No person shall offer, or offer to secure, another for the purpose of prostitution or for any lewd or obscene act.

B. No person shall direct, take or transport, or offer or agree to take or transport, or aid or assist in transporting, another to any house, place, building or other structure, vehicle, trailer, or to any other person with knowledge or reasonable cause to believe that the purpose of such directing, taking or transportation is prostitution, lewdness or assignation. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(f), (g))

9.30.050 Receiving money from prostitute prohibited.

No person shall knowingly accept, receive, levy or appropriate any money or other thing of value without consideration from a prostitute or from the proceeds of any woman engaged in prostitution. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(h))

9.30.060 Remaining in house of prostitution prohibited.

No person shall attend or frequent, reside in, enter, or remain in any house, place, building or other structure, or enter or remain in any vehicle or trailer for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(i))

9.30.070 Loitering for prostitution purposes prohibited.

No person shall loiter in or near a thoroughfare or place open to the public in a manner and under circumstances manifesting the purpose of, inducing, enticing, soliciting or procuring another to participate in an act of prostitution. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such purpose is manifested are that such person: is a known prostitute or panderer; repeatedly beckons to, stops, attempts to stop, or engages male passersby in conversation; or repeatedly stops, or attempts to stop, motor vehicle operators by hailing, waving of arms, or any other bodily gestures. For the purposes of this section, a “known prostitute or panderer” is a person who, within five years previous to the date of arrest for violation of this section, has within the knowledge of the arresting officer been convicted of violating a provision of law defining and punishing acts relating to prostitution or lewdness which are similar to those acts proscribed in this code. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(j))

9.30.080 Reputation testimony permitted.

In prosecutions under this section, common fame shall be competent evidence in support of the complaint, and testimony concerning the reputation of any place, structure or building and of the person or persons who reside in or frequent the same and of the defendant shall be admissible in evidence in support of the charge. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.30(l))

9.30.090 Fines.

A violation of this chapter is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-028 § 16, 2014)