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What Are The Most Common Sex Crimes

The following is a list of the most commonly committed sex crimes that criminal defense attorneys often defend:


Prostitution is the exchange of sex for money. It is illegal in 49 states. In 2010, there were 62,688 arrests for prostitution in the United States.

Forcible Rape

In 2010, there were 20,088 arrests for rape in United States. States generally define rape as nonconsensual sexual intercourse accomplished by physical force, deception or fear. Rape includes situations in which the victim cannot physically resist the offender or is unable to say "no," such as when the victim is intoxicated, drugged or unconscious. Rape can still occur even if the offender and the victim have some sort of a preexisting relationship, such as a married relationship, a steady girlfriend-boyfriend relationship, a casual first date or a one-night stand with a prostitute.

Statutory Rape

Statutory rape refers to engaging in sexual activities with someone who is under the "age of consent" as set forth by state law. Those under the age of consent are legally incapable of consenting to having sex. Consequently, having sex with them, even if it is consensual, violates the law in most states. However, Texas and a few other states have enacted "Romeo and Juliet" laws that make it lawful under certain circumstances to have sex with a person under the age of consent.

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when an adult uses a child for sexual gratification. Child sexual abuse includes showing genitals to a child, fondling, rape, sodomy, putting pressure on a child to engage in sexual relations and using a child for pornography. It estimated that one in six boys and one in four girls in the United States are sexually abused.

Internet Child Pornography

Pedophiles frequently use the Internet to share unlawful images of minors and to entice children into illicit sexual relationships. In 1996, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had 113 pending child pornography cases. By April, 2012, the number had reached 5,600. Because of the power and popularity of the Internet, the number of pending FBI child pornography cases will continue to grow.