Driving a cadillac or wearing a hat with a feather in it does not a pimp make. Offering to “assist” a prostitute with protection and support might not also qualify as pimping, according to ‘Cal Supreme Court To Define Pimp,’ in the Mercury News.
In California, the State Supreme Court will soon aswer the legal question, “Can a defendant be convicted of pandering for offering to act as a pimp for a woman who appears to be already working as a prostitute?”
Jomo Zambia offered housing and clothing in exchange for all of the earnings of an already-working prostitute in the San Fernando Valley. The woman he extended his offer to turned out to be an undercover police office and Mr. Zambia was charged for having ” “induced, persuaded or encouraged another person to become a prostitute.” His attorney argues only those who induce others into the life of prostitution should go to prison for the crime of pimping. The California Attorney Generals Office argues a strict interpretation of the law limits their ability to fight prostitution and defies common sense. Ultimately, it will the State Supreme Court who will decide just what the drafters of the statute meant.
Some argue prostitution is a victimless crime and that legalization would provide a safer environment for those employed in the oldest profession in the book. Perhaps we should spend our resources to these ends, instead of using tremendous state resources to figure out our collective morality.
The Johnson Criminal Law Group represents defendants charged with all types of crimes in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. Ms. Johnson has represented defendants accused of pimping and pandering and soliticiting prostitution. Contact us for all of your criminal defense needs.