Jamie Spencer, my buddy down in Austin, makes an excellent point regarding prostitution and the law. Jamie cleverly points out that that the definition of prostitution, at least according toWebsters Dictionary, includes having sex. If we followed the normally recognized definition you would actually have to consummate the "hooker,"and "john" relationship. As it is, the law in Alabama is very much like the law Jamie writes about in Texas. I have listed the law in Alabama below and you can see that, in Alabama as in Texas, the laws are similar. You can be convicted of prostitution without ever having received what you paid for.
- No person shall commit an act of prostitution as defined in Section 13A-12-120.
- No person shall solicit, compel, or coerce any person to have sexual intercourse or participate in any natural or unnatural sexual act, deviate sexual intercourse, or sexual contact for monetary consideration or other thing of marketable value.
- No person shall agree to engage in sexual intercourse, deviant sexual intercourse, or sexual contact with another or participate in the act for monetary consideration or other thing of marketable value and give or accept monetary consideration or other thing of value in furtherance of the agreement.
- No person shall knowingly do any of the following:
(1) Cause or aid a person to commit or engage in prostitution.
(2) Procure or solicit patrons for prostitution.
(3) Provide persons or premises for prostitution purposes.
(4) Receive or accept money or other thing of value pursuant to a prior agreement with any person whereby he or she participates or is to participate in the proceeds of any prostitution activity.
(5) Operate or assist in the operation of a house of prostitution or a prostitution enterprise.
§ 13A-12-122. Violations.
Each violation of this division is a Class A misdemeanor.