Minneapolis Prostitution Solicitation Convictions
This section has been created to help Minneapolis residents combat criminal activity in their neighborhoods. Homeowners and families tell us that they are frustrated and threatened by the prostitution they see on their streets, sidewalks and alleys. This section of the Minneapolis Police Department website is designed in response to the fears, anger and demands expressed by the law-abiding people of Minneapolis: they are tired of prostitutes soliciting customers on their sidewalks; they do not want girls and women treated with disrespect by customers coming into their neighborhoods; and they do not want their children to view acts of prostitution enacted in public places at all hours of the day and night.
The photos and descriptions in this section will help Minneapolis residents identify and alert the police to this criminal activity. The Minneapolis Police Department will continue to arrest those engaged in prostitution as defined by the following sections of state law:
MINNESOTA STATUTE 609.324 Subd. 2 SOLICITATION OR ACCEPTANCE OF SOLICITATTION TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION; PENALTY.
Whoever solicits or accepts a solicitation to engage for hire in sexual penetration or sexual contact while in a public place may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or payment of a fine of not more than $3,000 or both. Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 4, a person who is convicted of violating this subdivision while acting as a patron must, at a minimum, be sentenced to pay a fine of at least $1,500.
MINNESOTA STATUTE 609.324 Subd. 2 Subd. 3. ENGAGING IN, HIRING, OR AGREEING TO HIRE AN ADULT TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION; PENALTIES.
Whoever intentionally does any of the following may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both:
- Engages in prostitution with an individual 18 years of age or above.
- Hires or offers or agrees to hire an individual 18 years of age or above to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.
Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 4, a person who is convicted of violating clause (1) or (2) while acting as a patron must, at minimum, be sentenced to pay a fine of at least $500.
MINNESOTA STATUTE 609.3242 Subd. 2 INCREASED PENALTIES.
Any person who commits a violation of section 609.324 while acting other than as a prostitute while in a school or park zone may be sentenced as follows:
- If the crime committed is a misdemeanor, the person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Last updated Mar. 7, 2013