Prostitution; affirmative defense to prosecution. (HB1596)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prostitution; affirmative defense. Provides that there exists an affirmative defense to the crime of prostitution when the person was abducted and induced to engage in prostitution through the use of force, intimidation, or deception by another. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101520D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Courts of Justice


June Hess writes:

I cannot imagine how terrible it would be, if I were forced into prostitution and then rescued from it, to find myself not being considered a victim for whom Justice was available. Please support Vivian Watt's efforts to pass this legislation.

Simone Roberts writes:

All victims of trafficking need services, not prosecution.