Generally speaking, prostitution is considered illegal in all forms. Like all illegal activities, there is still a market for prostitution regardless of its legality. This could end in punishment for those who are involved in the prostitution market. However, each state has its own specific set of laws that determines how that particular area handles cases of prostitution.
In Pennsylvania, rape is a first degree felony with serious consequences that may include up to 20 years in prison, a fine or both, but rape is just one of many crimes that may merit legal ramifications. Other offenses include internet pornography, prostitution, child pornography, sexual assault or a number of other sex crimes.
The FBI recently conducted the agnecy's largest ever operation of child sex-trafficking in an effort to respond to growing concerns about teens being held against their will as prostitutes. Child prostitution has been an underlying problem that has not garnered major crime headlines in Pennsylvania or elsewhere in the United States, but it remains a constant as vulnerable teens from difficult conditions are exploited.