Don't write about it! Oklahoma HB2054 forbids online reviews of paid acts of prostitution

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HB2054, approved by Governor Stitt on May 22, is about illegal activities and their consequences. The law against prostitution is expanded now to include penalties for publishing reviews of encounters online.

Section 1 of HB2054 reviews several things that are currently against the law in Oklahoma.

As explained in the text of HB2054, it is against the law to:

  1. Engage in prostitution, lewdness, or assignation (which means meeting someone for sexual purposes).
  2. Convince or pay someone to engage in prostitution, lewdness, or assignation with you.
  3. Go into a place or vehicle with the intention of committing prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.
  4. Offer or agree to give money or something valuable to someone for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct.
  5. Help, support, or take part in any of the activities mentioned above.

Section 2 explains the punishments for breaking the law.

As explained in the text of HB2054, punishments for breaking the current law are as follows:

  • If someone violates any of the laws mentioned in Section 1, they can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. This means they can be put in jail for up to one (1) year and fined up to $7,500.00.
  • If a person knows they have a dangerous virus (like HIV) and still engages in prostitution, they can be guilty of a more serious crime called a felony. This means they can be imprisoned for up to five years.
  • If someone engages in child prostitution (which means involving a person under 18 years old), they can also be found guilty of a felony. The punishment can include imprisonment for up to ten years and fined up to $15,000.00.
  • If any of the illegal activities mentioned in Section 1 happen near a school or church, the punishments can be more severe, including imprisonment for up to five years and up to $7,500.00.

Section 3 introduces a new law

➡️This is the new part of the law. As explained in the text of HB2054, online reviews are illegal:

  • It is now against the law for someone who pays for a sexual encounter to publish a review of that encounter or talk about certain body parts involved in the encounter on a website that encourages or promotes paying for sex.
  • If someone breaks this new law, they can be found guilty of a felony and can face imprisonment for up to three years and a fine of up to $5,000.00.
  • If the person they paid for the sexual encounter is under 18 years old, the punishments are more severe, including imprisonment for up to ten years and fines of up to $15,000.00.

This update law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2023.


What do you think of the new law? Is it something that Oklahomans need? Do you think it will make lives safer and happier?

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Judy Derby has worked in the surrounding communities as a social worker and advocate. providing resources and information to help local families meet their basic needs. She's been writing about social issues and related topics for over 10 years.

Antlers, OK

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