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Promoting or Engaging in an Act of Child Prostitution

Promoting or engaging in an act of child prostitution is an offence under section 91D of the Crimes Act 1900, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison or 14 years where the child was under the age of 14.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

You caused or induced a child to participate in an act of prostitution, or you participated in an act of child prostitution.

‘Child prostitution’ is defined as

Any sexual service, whether or not involving and indecent assault:
  1. That is provided by a child for the payment of money or the provision of any other material thing, or
  2. That can reasonably be considered as aimed at the sexual arousal, or the sexual gratification of a person other than the child.

A ‘child’ is a person under the age of 18 years.

Duress is a defence to the charge.

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