Even though prostitution has long-standing history in human societies, it is a criminal offense in the State of Illinois. Any person who commits a sexual act in exchange for anything of value can face serious consequences, including jail time and criminal fines. Though Illinois law does have special considerations for victims of human trafficking and involuntary servitude as well as minor children engaged in prostitution.
What are the Illinois Laws Against Prostitution?
720 ILCS 5/11-14 establishes the Illinois laws against prostitution. Under this section, a person commits prostitution if they knowingly:
- Offer or agree to perform an act of sexual penetration; or Offer or agree to touch or fondle for the purposes of sexual arousal; and Receive anything of value in consideration for offering or agreeing to perform these acts.
Illinois law under 720 ILCS 5/11-0.1 provides a specific definition of the term sexual penetration. This term refers [...]