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What is Pimping and Pandering?

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Defining Pimping and Pandering in Florida

Many assume the words pimping and pandering are interchangeable, but they are not. Pimping is legally defined as “receiving, either directly or indirectly, a prostitute’s earnings.” It is also deemed pimping in the state of Florida and other states if one asks for or receives money for soliciting a prostitute.

Pandering is the act of procuring a person for travel in order to prostitute his or her body. The act of pandering can include inducing, encouraging or forcing someone to go along. Usually, if a pimping charge is appropriate, a pandering charge will also follow, and vice versa. An example would be a man who forces a girl or woman to work for him as a prostitute, which constitutes pandering and then takes part of her money, which is pimping.

Prostitute’s Charges

It is rare for the prostitute to be charged with either of these crimes. In recent years, and in a few Florida courtrooms, a defense attorney has attempted to have pandering and pimping charges dismissed because an undercover law enforcement agent was acting as a john. The police knew there would be no completion of the services, so there couldn’t have been pandering or pimping. That defense has consistently failed.

Promoting Prostitution in Florida

Note that these crimes don’t always happen on the streets or back alleys. A madam’s house, an empty dwelling – any kind of structure where the crimes unfold can change the charges. One can be charged with both crimes and then have to face an additional charge of promoting prostitution (versus promoting a prostitute) if he manages a prostitution business, if he conducts illegal acts of prostitution in a dwelling, permits a john to use a facility for prostitution and/or keeping, buying or leasing a house or other dwelling for prostitution purposes.

Florida laws make renting a property for prostitution a punishable crime with a jail sentence of up to 60 days and fines up to $500. A previous conviction of these crimes ups the jail time to one year and the fine doubles to $1,000.

HIV and STDs

Not only is renting a property for prostitution illegal, but if a person is arrested for pandering and/or pimping out a prostitute who they know is HIV positive, this is a crime that is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000. For the prostitute, engaging in prostitution when you know you are infected with HIV or another STD is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Florida dictates that any prostitutes, their clients, and their pimps must submit to STD testing as part of their sentencing.

It is important to understand the laws associated with pimping and pandering in Florida. There are several Tampa prostitution attorneys who can provide solid defense strategies and there is help for those wishing to get out of prostitution. Many organizations in Florida can help victims escape that world.

Robin Fuson
By Robin Fuson