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609.321 PROSTITUTION; DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purposes of sections 609.321 to 609.325, the following terms
have the meanings given.
    Subd. 2. Business of prostitution. "Business of prostitution" means any arrangement
between or organization of two or more persons, acting other than as prostitutes or patrons, who
commit acts punishable under sections 609.321 to 609.324.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1998 c 367 art 2 s 33]
    Subd. 4. Patron. "Patron" means an individual who hires or offers or agrees to hire another
individual to engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact.
    Subd. 5. Place of prostitution. "Place of prostitution" means a house or other place where
prostitution is practiced.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1998 c 367 art 2 s 33]
    Subd. 7. Promotes the prostitution of an individual. "Promotes the prostitution of an
individual" means any of the following wherein the person knowingly:
(1) solicits or procures patrons for a prostitute; or
(2) provides, leases or otherwise permits premises or facilities owned or controlled by the
person to aid the prostitution of an individual; or
(3) owns, manages, supervises, controls, keeps or operates, either alone or with others, a
place of prostitution to aid the prostitution of an individual; or
(4) owns, manages, supervises, controls, operates, institutes, aids or facilitates, either alone
or with others, a business of prostitution to aid the prostitution of an individual; or
(5) admits a patron to a place of prostitution to aid the prostitution of an individual;
(6) transports an individual from one point within this state to another point either within or
without this state, or brings an individual into this state to aid the prostitution of the individual; or
(7) engages in the sex trafficking of an individual.
    Subd. 7a. Sex trafficking. "Sex trafficking" means receiving, recruiting, enticing, harboring,
providing, or obtaining by any means an individual to aid in the prostitution of the individual.
    Subd. 7b. Sex trafficking victim. "Sex trafficking victim" means a person subjected to the
practices in subdivision 7a.
    Subd. 8. Prostitute. "Prostitute" means an individual who engages in prostitution.
    Subd. 9. Prostitution. "Prostitution" means engaging or offering or agreeing to engage for
hire in sexual penetration or sexual contact.
    Subd. 10. Sexual contact. "Sexual contact" means any of the following acts, if the acts can
reasonably be construed as being for the purpose of satisfying the actor's sexual impulses:
(i) the intentional touching by an individual of a prostitute's intimate parts; or
(ii) the intentional touching by a prostitute of another individual's intimate parts.
    Subd. 11. Sexual penetration. "Sexual penetration" means any of the following acts, if
for the purpose of satisfying sexual impulses: sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal
intercourse, or any intrusion however slight into the genital or anal openings of an individual's
body by any part of another individual's body or any object used for the purpose of satisfying
sexual impulses. Emission of semen is not necessary.
    Subd. 12. Public place. A "public place" means a public street or sidewalk, a pedestrian
skyway system as defined in section 469.125, subdivision 4, a hotel, motel, or other place of
public accommodation, a place licensed to sell intoxicating liquor, wine, nonintoxicating malt
beverages, or food, or a motor vehicle located on a public street, alley, or parking lot ordinarily
used by or available to the public though not used as a matter of right and a driveway connecting
such a parking lot with a street or highway.
History: 1979 c 255 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 291 s 242; 2005 c 136 art 17 s 19-23