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What are the penalties for promoting prostitution in New York State?

An individual is guilty of promoting prostitution in the fourth degree when such person knowingly encourages or benefits financially from prostitution. Such person causes or abets another person to participate in prostitution, solicits customers for prostitution or engages in any other behavior intended to facilitate an act of prostitution. Promoting prostitution in New York State is considered a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in prison and or up to a $1,000 fine.

Promoting prostitution in the third degree occurs when a person encourages or profits from managing or owning a prostitution business marked by activity on the part of two or more individuals in prostitution. It is a Class D felony that is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Promoting prostitution in the second degree is where a person uses force or intimidation to compel someone to participate in prostitution, or they profit from such coercive behavior. It is a Class C felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Promoting prostitution in the first degree is where an individual knowingly advances or profits from the prostitution of someone who is under 11 years of age. This is considered a Class B felony that is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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