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December 12, 2023

§ 13-1307. Sex trafficking; classification; definitions

A. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly traffic another person who is eighteen years of age or older with either of the following:

1. The intent to cause the other person to engage in any prostitution or sexually explicit performance by deception, force or coercion.

2. The knowledge that the other person will engage in any prostitution or sexually explicit performance by deception, coercion or force.

B. A person who violates this section is guilty of a class 2 felony and the person is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by § 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served or commuted.

C. For the purposes of this section:

1. “Coercion” includes:

(a) Abusing or threatening to abuse the law or the legal system.

(b) Knowingly destroying, concealing, removing, confiscating, possessing or withholding another person’s actual or purported passport or other immigration document, government issued identification document, government record or personal property.

(c) Extortion.

(d) Causing or threatening to cause financial harm to any person.

(e) Facilitating or controlling another person’s access to a controlled substance.

2. “Force” includes causing or threatening to cause serious harm to another person or physically restraining or threatening to physically restrain another person.

3. “Sexually explicit performance” means a live or public act or show intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires or appeal to the prurient interest of patrons.4. “Traffic” means to entice, recruit, harbor, provide, transport or otherwise obtain another person.