Under most states’ statute, pandering is a criminal offense that includes (a) compelling a person to become a prostitute or (b) arranging or offering to arrange a situation in which a person may practice prostitution.
Regulations regarding pandering vary from state to state. For example, Illinois statute requires the panderer to perform with the anticipation of receiving money. However, compensation is not required under California law. Michigan law says that when a woman is already a prostitute, a defendant cannot be convicted of pandering. However, California law says as long as the defendant intends a victim to become a prostitute, pandering is established regardless of the victim’s current status as a prostitute.
[Last updated in August of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]