Prostitution and sex trafficking; offenses involving a minor, penalties. (HB2586)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prostitution and sex trafficking; offenses involving a minor; penalties. Provides that any person who commits an act of aiding prostitution or illicit sexual intercourse or using a vehicle to promote prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse, when such act involves a minor, is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Under current law, such acts are punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill adds the two new felony offenses to (i) the definition of "violent felony" for the purposes of sentencing guidelines, (ii) the definition of barrier crimes for the purposes of background checks for employees or volunteers providing care to children or the elderly or disabled, (iii) the definition of predicate criminal acts for street gangs, (iv) the definition of racketeering activity under the Virginia Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act, (v) the list of violations that a multi-jurisdiction grand jury is responsible for investigating, and (vi) the list of offenses requiring registration in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. The bill also adds felony prostitution and felony human trafficking offenses to the definition of "violent felony" for the purposes of sentencing guidelines. The bill also provides that each violation of commercial sex trafficking is a separate and distinct felony. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Amends § 17.1-805, § 18.2-347, § 18.2-350, § 18.2-46.1, § 18.2-513, § 19.2-215.1, § 19.2-392.02, § 9.1-902, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/09/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104381D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2586)

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