VA SB1603 | 2019 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Introduced on January 9 2019 - 25% progression
Action: 2019-02-06 - Left in Finance
Pending: Senate Finance Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]

Summary

Human trafficking; prevention and awareness; offenses Human trafficking; prevention and awareness; offenses related to prostitution and human trafficking; 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 these 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 includes touching the intimate parts of another person with the intent to sexually arouse or gratify or allowing another person to touch one's own intimate parts with the intent to sexually arouse or gratify to the list of conduct that, when done for money or its equivalent, constitutes prostitution, which is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor or, when such act involves a minor, a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides that any person who receives money for procuring another person for the purpose of causing such person to touch the intimate parts of another person with the intent to sexually arouse or gratify is guilty of a Class 4 felony or, if such offense involves procuring a minor, a Class 3 felony. The bill also adds felony prostitution and felony human trafficking offenses involving a minor to the definition of "violent felony" for the purposes of sentencing guidelines and provides that each violation of commercial sex trafficking is a separate and distinct felony. The bill allows a court to order, upon application by the attorney for the Commonwealth or the defendant, that the testimony of (a) a child victim of an offense of commercial sex trafficking or prostitution, if such child is 14 years of age or younger at the time of the offense and 16 years of age or younger at the time of the trial, or (b) a child witness of such offense, if such child is 14 years of age or younger at the

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Title

Human trafficking; prevention and awareness.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2019-01-16 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (Y: 14 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2019-02-06SenateLeft in Finance
2019-01-16SenateRereferred to Finance
2019-01-16SenateCommittee substitute printed 19105086D-S1
2019-01-16SenateReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
2019-01-09SenateReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2019-01-09SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104156D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
16169.48:6(n/a)See Bill Text
171275.13(n/a)See Bill Text
171805(n/a)See Bill Text
182346(n/a)See Bill Text
182347(n/a)See Bill Text
182350(n/a)See Bill Text
182356(n/a)See Bill Text
182357.1(n/a)See Bill Text
18246.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182513(n/a)See Bill Text
18267.9(n/a)See Bill Text
192215.1(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.02(n/a)See Bill Text
91116.4(n/a)See Bill Text
91902(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources


Bill Comments

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