Prostitution-related crimes; minors, increases penalties. (HB251)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prostitution-related crimes; minors; penalties. Makes it a Class 6 felony for an adult to visit a bawdy place with a minor when he knows that the bawdy place is used or to be used for lewdness, assignation, or prostitution. The bill also adds felony violations of such offense to (i) the list of offenses for which registration in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry is required, (ii) the definition of violent felony for the purposes of the sentencing guidelines, (iii) the list of predicate criminal acts that constitutes the definition of street gangs, (iv) the list of offenses that may constitute racketeering under the Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, and (v) the offenses that may be investigated by a multi-jurisdiction grand jury. The bill also makes applicable to all persons, regardless of the gender of the victim, the crimes of (a) assisting or aiding in the abduction of or threatening to abduct a female under 16 years of age for the purpose of concubinage or prostitution, which the bill also changes to include any person under 18 years of age, and (b) placing or leaving one's wife in a bawdy place. Read the Bill »


12/04/2020: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102229D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/02/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB251)
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB251)
02/04/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/06/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107946D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB251H1)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107946D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB251H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (96-Y 1-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB251H1)
02/19/2020Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2020Left in Judiciary