Chapter 9.30


9.30.010    Definitions.

9.30.020    Indecent exposure.

9.30.030    Prostitution.

9.30.040    Prostitution solicitation.

9.30.050    Violation of a SOAP order.

9.30.060    Violation – Penalty.

9.30.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter clearly requires otherwise, the words or phrases defined in this section shall have the indicated meaning.

“Commit prostitution” means to engage in acts prohibited by Chapter 9A.88 RCW, as presently constituted or as may be subsequently amended.

“Known prostitute or procurer” means a person who within one year previous to the date of arrest for violation of this section has, within the knowledge of the arresting officer, been convicted in a court of competent jurisdiction of an offense involving prostitution.

“Public place” is an area generally visible to public view and includes streets, parking lots, beach clubs, parks and parkways, school grounds, automobiles (whether moving or not), and buildings open to the general public, including those which serve food or drink, or provide entertainment, and the doorways and entrances to such buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them.

“Sexual conduct” means “sexual intercourse” or “sexual contact,” both as defined in RCW 9A.44.010.

“SOAP order” means a lawful order issued by any court of competent jurisdiction ordering an individual to stay out of an area of prostitution (SOAP) as defined by that court. (Ord. 594 § 2, 1994)

9.30.020 Indecent exposure.

The following state statute is adopted by reference and is applicable within the city:


9A.88.010    Indecent exposure

(Ord. 594 § 3, 1994)

9.30.030 Prostitution.

The following state statutes are adopted by reference and are applicable within the city:


9A.44.010    Definitions – Sexual offenses

9A.88.030    Prostitution

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

9A.88.060    Promoting prostitution – Definitions

9A.88.090    Permitting prostitution

9A.88.110    Patronizing a prostitute

(Ord. 594 § 4, 1994)

9.30.040 Prostitution solicitation.

A. Violation. It is unlawful for a person to remain in a public place and intentionally solicit, induce, entice or procure another to commit prostitution.

B. Circumstances. Among the circumstances that may be considered in determining whether a person intends such prohibited conduct are that such person:

1. Repeatedly beckons to, stops or attempts to stop, or engages passersby in conversation;

2. Repeatedly stops or attempts to stop motor vehicle operators by hailing, waving of arms, or any other bodily gesture;

3. Circles an area in a motor vehicle and repeatedly beckons to, contacts or attempts to stop pedestrians;

4. Is a known prostitute or procurer; or

5. Repeatedly inquires whether a potential patron, procurer or prostitute is a police officer, or searches another person or that other person’s belongings for articles that would identify a police officer, or requests the touching or exposing of genitals or female breasts to prove that the other person is not a police officer. (Ord. 594 § 5, 1994)

9.30.050 Violation of a SOAP order.

It is unlawful for a person to violate a SOAP order if such person intentionally enters or remains in an area of prostitution as defined by the issuing court. (Ord. 594 § 6, 1994)

9.30.060 Violation – Penalty.

The penalties for violating provisions of this chapter are as follows:

A. A violation of or failure to comply with LFPMC 9.30.030 and 9.30.040 is a misdemeanor.

B. A violation of or failure to comply with LFPMC 9.30.050 is a gross misdemeanor. (Ord. 594 § 7, 1994)