2022 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 6 - Sexual Offenses
§ 16-6-9. Prostitution

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-6-9 (2022)

A person, 18 years of age or older, commits the offense of prostitution when he or she performs or offers or consents to perform a sexual act, including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse or sodomy, for money or other items of value.

History. Code 1933, § 26-2012, enacted by Ga. L. 1968, p. 1249, § 1; Ga. L. 2001, p. 92, § 3; Ga. L. 2019, p. 74, § 1-6/SB 158.

The 2019 amendment, effective July 1, 2019, inserted “, 18 years of age or older,” near the beginning and substituted “including, but not limited to,” for “including but not limited to” near the end. See Editor’s note for applicability.

Cross references.

Affirmative defense to certain sexual crimes, § 16-3-6 .

Abatement of places used for unlawful sexual and drug activities, T. 41, C. 3.

Editor’s notes.

Ga. L. 2001, p. 92, §§ 1 and 2, not codified by the General Assembly, provide: “This Act shall be known and may be cited as the ‘Child Sexual Commerce Prevention Act of 2001.’ The General Assembly acknowledges that children are increasingly induced, coerced, or compelled to perform sexual acts for the financial benefit of third parties. The General Assembly enacts this law to express its abhorrence for these practices and to better protect children from sexual exploitation.”

Ga. L. 2019, p. 74, § 1-1/SB 158, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: “This Act shall be known and may be cited as the ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Protective Response Act.’ ”

Ga. L. 2019, p. 74, § 3-1/SB 158, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: “This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2019, and shall apply to offenses which occur on or after that date. Any offense occurring before July 1, 2019, shall be governed by the statute in effect at the time of such offense, and any resulting conviction shall be considered a prior conviction for the purpose of imposing a sentence that provides for a different penalty for a subsequent conviction.”

Law reviews.

For note on the 2001 amendment to O.C.G.A. § 16-6-9 , see 18 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 32 (2001).

For article, “Misdemeanor Sentencing in Georgia,” see 7 Ga. St. B.J. 8 (2001).

For article on the 2019 amendment of this Code section, see 36 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 63 (2019).

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