Prostitution; disposition of minors. (HB1991)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)

Progress

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

Description

Disposition of minors engaging in prostitution; forced prostitution. Provides that only an adult can be guilty of the crime of being a prostitute and that any minor who engages in prostitution is to be considered a child in need of services. The bill also 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. Amends § 18.2-346, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102581D
01/09/2013Referred 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 Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would define any minor who engages in prostitution as a child in need of assistance, and would allow any person accused of prostitution to offer as an affirmative defense that they were forced to participate in such activities. 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 Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would define any minor who engages in prostitution as a child in need of assistance, and would allow any person accused of prostitution to offer as an affirmative defense that they were forced to participate in such activities. 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 Immigrants Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Virginia ACLU supports this legislation that would define any minor who engages in prostitution as a child in need of assistance, and would allow any person accused of prostitution to offer as an affirmative defense that they were forced to participate in such activities. 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.