Pandering Law and Legal Definition

The crime of pandering is typically committed by a "pimp". Pandering is defined under state laws, which vary by state, but usually include solicitation of customers for prostitution services and recruitment of prostitutes for hire.

Pimping is usually viewed as a general intent crime, which means the person charged must only have done certain specific acts. However, pandering is usually considered a crime of specific intent and the acts that are committed must have been done with a specific intention. Pandering is defined as the catering to or exploitation of the weaknesses of others, especially to provide gratification for others’ desires. Pandering penalizes various acts by intermediaries who engage in the commercial exploitation of prostitution and are aimed at those who, as agents, promote prostitution rather than against the prostitutes themselves.