Prostitution; Class 1 misdemeanor for solicitation from a minor. (HB1074)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patrons Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), and Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prostitution; affirmative defense, solicitation of a minor.  Provides that any person who is charged with the crime of prostitution shall have available the affirmative defense that he was induced by another through the use of force, threat, intimidation, coercion, or deception to engage in prostitution. The bill also provides that, in addition to the current Class 1 misdemeanor punishment for solicitation of prostitution generally, any person who solicits prostitution from a minor (i) 16 years of age or older and less than 18 years of age is guilty of a Class 6 felony or (ii) less than 16 years of age is guilty of a Class 5 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100315D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB1074)
01/20/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/25/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/25/2012Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2012Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/10/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/20/2012Left in Appropriations


Greg Mathieson writes:

This might also be called the " Not my fault defense". I would agree to something like this provided that the person charged also provided evidence which led the conviction of the person that induced the defendant to engage in prostitution.

Rickey Moore writes:

I'm not getting it, the intent behind this bill. I agree, we really need to read a plain English translation by the Person introducing a bill, so us plain folks can understand. I read the full text and still don't get it.