Prostitution, forced; expungement of charges. (HB1541)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)

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 abducted for the purpose of prostitution in violation of 18.2-48 and 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 abducted for the purpose of prostitution in violation of 18.2-48 and was induced to engage in prostitution through the use of force, intimidation, or deception by another. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/04/2013Committee
01/04/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103283D
01/04/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/30/2013Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/2013Left in 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.

ACLU-VA Immigrants Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Virginia ACLU supports this bill that would allow victims of prostitution forced into prostitution to seek expungement of the record of charges against them.