South Dakota has laws against buying, selling, or profiting from the sale of sex. For more information on prostitution laws generally, see Prostitution.
It is illegal to sell or buy sex in South Dakota. Prostitution (exchanging sex for money or other items of value) and patronizing (buying sex for money) are both Class 1 misdemeanors.
(S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-23-1.)
It is also illegal to pimp (make money from a prostitutes earnings) or promote (facilitate) prostitution in South Dakota.
In South Dakota, pimping is a Class 6 felony, and includes:
Promoting is a Class 5 felony, and includes:
(S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-23-2 & 22-23-8.)
Prostitution and patronizing a prostitute are both Class 1 misdemeanors, and penalties include a fine of up to $2,000, up to a year in jail, or both.
Pimping is a Class 6 felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $4,000, up to two years in prison, or both.
Promoting is a Class 5 felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to five years in prisons, or both.
In South Dakota, if you are convicted of promoting or soliciting the prostitution of a minor (someone younger than 18), in addition to fines and prison time, you are required to register as a sex offender.
(S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-24B-1 & 22-24B-2.)
If you are charged with prostitution or a related crime, you should contact a South Dakota criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and obtain the best possible outcome in your case.