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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.34 Division III Prostitution

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Division III. Offenses Against Public Decency

Chapter 15.34
Prostitution

Sections:

15.34.010 Definitions.
15.34.020 Prostitution, public solicitation and patronizing prostitution--Sex of parties no defense.
15.34.030 Penalty for violation.
15.34.080 House--Prohibited.
15.34.090 House--Frequenting.
15.34.100 House--Allowing premises to be used for.
15.34.110 House--Male person inhabiting, eating or sleeping in.
15.34.120 House--Duty of police.

15.34.010 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to the provisions of this chapter:

A. "Church zone" means any area within one thousand feet the real property comprising a church or synagogue as measured from the outside perimeter of such real property.

B. "Park zone" means any area within one thousand feet of any park owned by the City of St. Louis as measured from the outside perimeter of such park.

C. "Prostitution" means the act of engaging or offering or agreeing to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for something of value to be received by the person or by a third person;

D. "Patronizing prostitution" is a person patronizes prostitution if:

1. Pursuant to a prior understanding, such person gives something of value to another person as compensation for that person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with such person or with another; or

2. Such person gives or agrees to give something of value to another person on an understanding that in return therefor that person or a third person will engage in sexual conduct with such person or with another; or

3. Such person solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with the solicitor or with another, or to secure a third person to engage in sexual conduct with the solicitor or with another, in return for something of value.

E. "Public solicitation" is when a person commits public solicitation when while in a public street, sidewalk, alley, park or any other public place or in a place of public accommodation, or in a place that is frequented by the general public engages or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person or a third person.

F. "School zone" means any area within one thousand feet the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school, public vocational school, or a public or private junior college, college or university as measured from the outside perimeter of such real property.

G. "Sexual conduct" occurs when there is:

1. "Sexual intercourse" which means any penetration, however slight, of the female sex organ by the male sex organ, whether or not an emission results; or

2. "Deviate sexual intercourse" which means any sexual act involving the genitals of one person and the mouth, hand, tongue or anus of another person; or

3. "Sexual contact" which means any touching, manual or otherwise, of the anus or genitals of one person by another, done for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire of either party.

H. "Something of value" means any money or property, or any token, object or article exchangeable for money or property.
(Ord. 65818 2, 2002: Ord. 62292 1, 1991.)

15.34.020 Prostitution, public solicitation and patronizing prostitution--Sex of parties no defense.

In any prosecution for prostitution, public solicitation or patronizing prostitution, the sex of the two parties or prospective parties to the sexual conduct engaged in contemplated solicited is immaterial, and it is no defense that:

A. Both persons were of the same sex; or

B. The person who received, agreed to receive or solicited something of value was a male and the person who gave or agreed or offered to give something of value was a female.
(Ord. 65818 4, 2002: Ord. 62292 2, 1991.)

15.34.030 Penalty for violation.

It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person to commit prostitution, public solicitation or patronizing prostitution as herein defined.

It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to be found in a place contrary to any court order that prohibits the person from being in any specified area as a condition of release from custody, a condition of probation, parole, or other supervision involving prostitution, public solicitation or patronizing prostitution as defined in this chapter.

A. Any person found to be in violation of provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to a term of imprisonment of not more than ninety days (90) or to both a fine and imprisonment.

B. Prior to setting a penalty for a violation of this chapter, the court shall determine whether the violation occurred within a School Zone, Church Zone or Park Zone as defined herein.

As a condition of probation, the court shall require any person found to be in violation of this chapter to submit to a blood test, to be conducted under the direction of the St. Louis City Health Commissioner, for the purpose of determining the presence of any sexually transmitted disease. Cost of such testing shall be taxed to the defendant as costs in the proceeding. The report of such blood test shall be confidential and shall not be deemed a public record.
(Ord. 65818 3, 5, 6, 7, 2002: Ord. 62292 3, 1991.)

15.34.080 House--Prohibited.

Any person who shall, in this City, keep, maintain, superintend or manage a bawdy house, house of ill-fame, house of bad repute, house of prostitution or assignation, or who shall harbor, secrete or permit any girl under the age of eighteen years, to remain in, visit or frequent such bawdy house, house of ill-fame, house of bad repute, prostitution or assignation, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 57: 1960 C. 774.010, 774.020.)

V.A.M.S.:

576.060 Promoting prostitution in the second degree.

15.34.090 House--Frequenting.

Anyone who shall frequent a house of ill-fame, bawdy house or house of bad repute, prostitution, or of assignation, or shall be found an inmate of such house, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 58: 1960 C. 774.030.)

Cases:

Evidence was sufficient to establish that appellant was inmate of bawdy house. City of St. Louis v. Cook, 405 S.W. 2d 545 (1966).

15.34.100 House--Allowing premises to be used for.

Any person who shall permit any house, rooms or tenements in his possession, or under his charge and control, to be used for the purpose of prostitution, or house of bad repute, after ten days' notice from the police commissioners of such use of such house, rooms or tenements, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 59: 1960 C. 774.040.)

15.34.110 House--Male person inhabiting, eating or sleeping in.

Any male person who shall inhabit, eat or sleep in any house of prostitution, bawdy house, house of bad repute or house of assignation, or who shall be in any way connected with the keeping, management or control of any such house, or of the bawds or prostitutes who live therein, or frequent such houses, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 60: 1960 C. 774.050.)

15.34.120 House--Duty of police.

It shall be the duty of the police commissioners whenever they become aware of the use of any house, rooms or tenements, for any of the purposes mentioned in Sections 15.34.070--15.34.110, to give a written notice of such fact to the owner, or agent of the owner, of such house, rooms or tenements.
(1948 C. Ch. 46, 61: 1960 C. 774.060.)

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