The 2013 General Assembly is currently in session. Here are the bills related to anti-trafficking that are up for discussion:
HB 1991, Chief Patron Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan SB 1149, Chief Patron Senator A. Donald McEachin
Disposition of minors engaging in prostitution; forced prostitution. Failed
Provides that only an adult can be guilty of the crime of being a prostitute and that any minor, a person under the age of 18, who engages in prostitution is to be considered a child in need of services. Also, creates a defense to a charge of prostitution when the person arrested or charged was made to engage in prostitution through the use of force, intimidation, or deception by another.
HB 2061, Chief Patron Delegate David L. Bulova SB 1292 , Chief Patron Senator Mark Obenshain
Human trafficking hotline; posted notices. Passed
Expands the 2012 legislation to require truck stops, as well as strip clubs, to post the human trafficking hotline number. Any employer who operates a truck stop and who fails to post a specific notice in a clearly visible place on the premises thereof is subject to a $500 civil penalty.
HB 1606, Chief Patron Delegate Timothy D. Hugo SB 1015, Chief Patron Senator Janet Howell
Prostitution; solicitation of a minor; penalty. Passed
Increases the penalties for solicitation of a prostitute, a Class 1 misdemeanor, when the person being solicited is under 18. If the minor is between 16 and 18 years of age the charge becomes a Class 6 felony. For solicitation of a minor younger than 16 the charge becomes a Class 5 felony.
HB 1541, Chief Patron Delegate Vivian E. Watts SB 1273, Chief Patron Senator Adam Ebbin
Forced prostitution; expungement of charges. Failed
Creates a defense to the crime of prostitution when the person arrested or charged was abducted for the purpose of prostitution and was made to engage in prostitution through the use of force, intimidation, or deception by another. This bill also allows those found to have been abducted for the use of prostitution to have the prostitution charge expunged from their record.
HB 1870, Chief Patron Delegate Robert B. Bell
Criminal procedure; functions of multijurisdiction grand jury. Passed
Adds the offense of receiving money for procuring a person to the list of offenses that a multijurisdiction grand jury can investigate.
HB1826; Chief Patron Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva
Law-enforcement officers; exceptions to territorial limits. Passed
Provides that whenever the necessity arises for the enforcement of laws related to kidnapping, police officers and other officers, agents, and employees of a locality, Capitol Police officers, and campus police may be sent beyond their territorial limits.