The bill clarifies definitions in the "Colorado Children's Code" concerning victims of human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude and for sexual servitude.
The bill 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 bill 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 bill also requires that, if a law enforcement officer encounters such 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 bill requires the legislative services agencies of the general assembly to conduct a review of the implementation of the bill 5 years after its effective date.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)