A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT A MINOR SHALL NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR THE OFFENSE OF PROSTITUTION AND IF DETAINED FOR THAT OFFENSE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE CUSTODY AS PROVIDED BY THE STATE JUVENILE LAWS.
Enacts new GS 14-208.1 to prohibit prosecuting a minor for a violation of Article 27 (Prostitution) of GS Chapter 14. Provides that minors suspected of or charged with prostitution are subject to specified temporary protective custody provisions. Requires a law enforcement officer to immediately report an allegation of a violation of GS 14-43.11 (human trafficking) and GS 14-43.13 (sexual servitude) to the director of the county department of social services, which must commence an initial investigation into child abuse or child neglect within 24 hours. Amends the definition of abused juveniles in GS 7B-101 to include a juvenile less than 18 years old who parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker commits or allow to be committed on offense of human trafficking, involuntary servitude, or sexual servitude against the child.
Effective October 1, 2013.
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