AN ACT STRENGTHENING HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAWS, AUTHORIZING THE NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF MASSAGE AND BODYWORK THERAPY TO REGULATE MASSAGE AND BODYWORK THERAPY ESTABLISHMENTS, REQUIRING MASSAGE AND BODYWORK THERAPISTS TO OBTAIN A STATEWIDE PRIVILEGE LICENSE, AND AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO STUDY WAYS TO IDENTIFY AND PROTECT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition:
Amends GS 143B-919 (Investigations of lynchings, election frauds, etc.; services subject to call of Governor; witness fees and mileage for employees). Further authorizes the State Bureau of Investigation, upon request of the Governor or Attorney General, to investigate the commission or attempted commission of human trafficking (GS 14-43.11) and the crimes within GS Chapter 14, Article 36B (Nuclear, Biological, or Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction). Makes a clarifying change.
Amends GS 14-202.1 to amend the definition ofadult establishment to exclude massage businesses from its definition. Deletes the definitions ofmassage andmassage business.
Amends GS 14-202.11 (Restrictions as to adult establishments) to prohibit the practice of massage and bodywork therapy in an adult establishment.
Amends GS 90-622 to exclude chiropractic physician offices that provide massage and bodywork therapy only by massage and bodywork therapists currently licensed in this State from the definition ofmassage and bodywork therapy establishment.
Deletes section 10, which directis the State Board of Education to develop a policy requiring local education agencies and charter schools to provide training about sexual abuse and sex trafficking of minors.
Makes amendments to GS 14-43.11, which makes human trafficking a Class C felony, or a Class B1 felony if the victim is a minor, effective December 1, 2017, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date. Makes amendments to GS 90-634, regarding enforcement of GS Chapter 90, Article 36 (Massage and Bodywork Therapy Practice), effective December 1, 2017, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date. Makes Section 9, directing the Department of Health and Human Services to study the feasibility of training certain medical professionals in human trafficking identification, response, and prevention, effective when the act becomes law. Makes the remainder of the act effective January 1, 2018.
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