Prostitution, forced; expungement of charges. (HB1465)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Forced prostitution; expungement. Provides that there shall exist an affirmative defense to the crime of prostitution when the person arrested or charged was induced to engage in prostitution through the use of force, intimidation, or deception by another. The bill also provides for expungement of a prostitution charge when the person was induced to engage in prostitution through the use of force, intimidation, or deception by another. Amends § 18.2-346, § 19.2-392.2, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/28/2012Committee
12/28/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102040D
12/28/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/16/2013Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/23/2013Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice

Comments

ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that provides individuals forced into prostitution a legal defense to prosecution and expungement of records if convicted. Human trafficking of children and immigrants is a growing criminal enterprise and the victims of these crimes should not be treated as criminals by the justice system.

ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that provides individuals forced into prostitution a legal defense to prosecution and expungement of records if convicted.