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Legal Information: Montana

Statutes: Montana

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Updated: 
May 1, 2019

45-5-603. Aggravated promotion of prostitution

(1) A person commits the offense of aggravated promotion of prostitution if the person purposely or knowingly commits any of the following acts:

(a) compels another to engage in or promote prostitution;

(b) promotes prostitution of a child, whether or not the person is aware of the child’s age;

(c) promotes the prostitution of one’s spouse, child, ward, or any person for whose care, protection, or support the person is responsible.

(2)(a) Except as provided in subsections (2)(b) and (2)(c), a person convicted of aggravated promotion of prostitution shall be punished by:

(i) life imprisonment; or

(ii) imprisonment in a state prison for a term not to exceed 20 years or a fine in an amount not to exceed $50,000, or both.

(b)(i) Except as provided in 46-18-219 and 46-18-222, if the person engaging in prostitution was a child and the offender was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense, the offender:

(A) shall be punished by imprisonment in a state prison for a term of 100 years. The court may not suspend execution or defer imposition of the first 25 years of a sentence of imprisonment imposed under this subsection (2)(b)(i)(A) except as provided in 46-18-222, and during the first 25 years of imprisonment, the offender is not eligible for parole.

(B) may be fined an amount not to exceed $50,000; and

(C) shall be ordered to enroll in and successfully complete the educational phase and the cognitive and behavioral phase of a sexual offender treatment program provided or approved by the department of corrections.

(ii) If the offender is released after the mandatory minimum period of imprisonment, the offender is subject to supervision by the department of corrections for the remainder of the offender’s life and shall participate in the program for continuous, satellite-based monitoring provided for in 46-23-1010.

(c) If the person engaging in prostitution was a victim of human trafficking, as defined in 45-5-701, or was subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, either of which caused the person to be in the situation where the offense occurred, and the offender was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense and knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a victim of human trafficking or was subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, the offender:

(i) shall be punished by imprisonment in a state prison for a term of not more than 30 years;

(ii) may be fined an amount not to exceed $50,000; and(iii) shall be ordered to enroll in and successfully complete the educational phase and the cognitive and behavioral phase of a sexual offender treatment program provided or approved by the department of corrections.