While pimping and pandering may be one specific offense, this crime involves two separate offenses under Sec 647(b) of the California Penal Code. This specific law was created to limit the spread of prostitution.

Sec 266(h) of the California Penal Code defines pimping as the act of soliciting prostitution or finding customers for ladies of the night and then collects a commission from the payment received from the prostitute or the individual would collect either part or all of the pay of a prostitute’s pay without any activity in furtherance of that act.

In this instance, the prostitute is the employee who offers sexual activity for a fee while the pimp would be the employer. Pimping involves offering sexual acts for another either on the street, in print, online or through the operation of a brothel or venue for prostitution.

Sec 266(i) of the California Penal Code covers the criminal act of pandering. Pandering is the act of procuring, giving, transporting, providing or making available to another person a prostitute through the intentional encouragement or persuasion that an individual remain in such illegal and illicit services. To be convicted of this crime, all that needs to be proven is that advice, encouragement or persuasion was given to an individual to engage in prostitution and at the same time the convinced person was made available for prostitution.

The pimping and pandering charge is considered a felony offense. The imposable penalties are as follows three, four or six years in state prison and payment of a fine up to $10,000 and an additional $5,000 to fund counseling centers and programs for child abuse victims. When minors are involved with pimping or pandering, then the imposable penalty increases to three, six or eight years. Another accessory penalty would be the effect of a felony conviction on future employment and other prospects.

The crime of pimping and pandering is a serious offense in California. Should you be or know anyone facing any of these charges, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.