2019 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 13 - Offenses Against Person
Part 5 - Sexual Offenses
§ 39-13-515. Promoting prostitution – Unacceptable defenses.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-13-515 (2019)
  • (a) A person commits an offense under this section:

    • (1) Who promotes prostitution; or

    • (2) Who promotes prostitution where the subject of the offense is a law enforcement officer or is a law enforcement officer eighteen (18) years of age or older posing as a minor.

  • (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), promoting prostitution is a Class E felony.

  • (c) Promoting prostitution is punishable as:

    • (1) Trafficking for a commercial sex act under § 39-13-309 if the person being promoted is less than eighteen (18) years of age; or

    • (2) A Class D felony if the person being promoted has an intellectual disability as defined in § 33-1-101.

  • (d) It is not a defense to a violation of this section that:

    • (1) The subject of the offense is a law enforcement officer;

    • (2) The victim of the offense is a minor and consented to the offense; or

    • (3) The solicitation was unsuccessful, the conduct solicited was not engaged in, or a law enforcement officer could not engage in the solicited offense.

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