”Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution” Definition In Texas

Aggravated promotion of prostitution - Texas Penal Code:

A person commits aggravated promotion of prostitution, a third degree felony, when he "owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervised, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes." TEX. PEN. CODE ANN. § 43.04(a), (b) (Vernon 1994).

To elevate this prostitution violation to second degree felony requires proof that the person engage in a combination to commit and commits aggravated promotion of prostitution. See id. § 71.02(b) (Vernon Supp. 2000); see also id. § 71.02(c) (conspiring to commit an offense does not elevate the seriousness of that offense).

"Combination" means "three or more persons who collaborate in carrying on criminal activities . . . ." Id. § 71.01(a) (Vernon Supp. 2000).