Court rules paying for phone sex is not prostitution

Published On: Tuesday November 6, 2012 11:30 AM
By: Sarah Weiss
Woman talking on her phone
A man who was convicted of soliciting a prostitute had his conviction overturned by the high court, according to reports in the Italian news media.

Phone sex is all talk and not an act of prostitution, the Italian high court has ruled.

The Italian Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of first instance of Milan for a man who had paid a woman to talk dirty to him over the phone.

The man had been convicted of sexual exploitation, but the high court ruled there was no crime

because the man and the woman had no physical contact.

"Verbally service of a party for the purpose of sexual arousal is not a legal sexual service, if that is not the erogenous zones of the body of the person who is paying for that service," the criminal court ruled this week.

Italy's news service said the court reminded the parties that there is a fine line, and according to Italian law prostitution can be carried out via telephone or Internet chats if the client asks the seller to perform a specific sexual act.