Victims of human trafficking; affirmative defense to prosecution for certain offenses. (HB1614)

Introduced By

Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), and Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Victims of human trafficking; affirmative defense to prosecution for certain offenses. Provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for prostitution and keeping, residing in, or frequenting a bawdy place if, at the time of the offense leading to such charge, such person was a victim of human trafficking, as defined in the bill, and (i) was coerced to engage in the offense through the use of force or intimidation of another, (ii) such offense was committed as part of a commercial sex trafficking scheme, or (iii) such offense was committed at the direction of an operator of a commercial sex trafficking scheme. The bill also states that a victim of human trafficking may raise such affirmative defense regardless of whether any other person has been arrested for, prosecuted for, charged with, or convicted of an offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104514D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107515D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107515D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1614H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1614H1)
02/11/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/19/2020Reported from Judiciary (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed by for the day
02/25/2020Passed by for the day
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
02/26/2020Recommitted to Judiciary
03/03/2020Left in Judiciary