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SB19-185

Protections For Minor Human Trafficking Victims

Concerning protections for minor human trafficking victims, and, in connection therewith, requiring a post-enactment review of the implementation of this act.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subject:
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Minor victims of human trafficking - immunity - affirmative defense report - post-enactment review. The act clarifies definitions in the "Colorado Children's Code" concerning victims of human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude and for sexual servitude.

The act creates immunity for a violation of a prostitution-related offense if probable cause exists to believe that a minor was a victim of either human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude or for sexual servitude.

The act establishes an affirmative defense for all criminal violations, except class 1 felonies, if a minor proves that he or she was:

  • A victim of human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude or sexual servitude; and
  • Forced or coerced into engaging in the criminal acts.

The act also requires that, if a law enforcement officer encounters a minor and there is probable cause to believe that the minor was a victim of human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, the officer shall report the suspected violation to the county department of human or social services or the child abuse hotline.

The act requires the legislative services agencies of the general assembly to conduct a review of the implementation of the act 5 years after May 6, 2019.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

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The House will meet in limited session on Thursday, April 2nd. The Senate adjourned. The Capitol will be open for the duration of the session for those with essential business related to the session. The building will not be available for public tours. People without essential business are encouraged to access the session through the General Assembly website and Colorado Channel.  Anybody with essential business related to the session will be required to practice appropriate social distancing measures.