Considering Utah is such a conservative state, it is quite a surprise that eight men were arrested in a Cedar City prostitution sting. The second man, Andrew Groft used to be the former president of George Wythe University in Flagstaff, Arizona but was later replaced. To make matters even a little bit more surprising for Utah’s character, Groft was the second college administrator caught in the prostitution sting. Southern Utah University Vice President Wesley Curtis was arrested prior for involvement in the same sting. It looks like Cedar City is a lot more scandalous than we would have ever imagined. To read more click here.
In Utah, a pimp would be guilty of aggravated exploitation of a prostitute if:
(a) In committing an act of exploiting prostitution, as defined in section 76-10-1305, he uses any force, threat, or fear against any person; or
(b) The person procured, transported, or persuaded or with whom he shares the proceeds of prostitution is under eighteen years of age or is the wife of the actor
Aggravated exploitation of prostitution is a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by up to 15 years in the Utah State Prison. Many alleged pimps and prostitute advertise on the internet through sites like backpage.com. Because of the ability to obtain customers through the internet many pimps and prostitute travel throughout the United States, moving from city to city and State to State. This is referred to as “riding the circuit”. Many Utah prosecutor take the attitude that they want the State of Utah to be the harshest on pimps and prostitutes as a way to discourage them from conducting business in Utah. Thus, if charged with a prostitution offense in the State of Utah, you should contact a Utah criminal defense attorney with experience with prostitution and sex solicitation offenses.
Most Utah residents are aware of the fact that prostitution is illegal in the state of Utah. Please remember that prostitution is illegal before you contact the local police to complain about the hired talent’s lack of performance. This was true for a Columbian man who complained to local police officers that one of the two prostitutes he hired, refused to give him oral sex. The man claimed that “he offered two women $60 for one of them to show him her chest and for the other to perform oral sex on him”(Columbian Tribune) but the latter event never took place. He was arrested on suspicion of patronizing prostitutes.