Encouraging the development of a process that builds upon the 2019 advancements and legislates a non-criminalization provision that prohibits minors from being arrested, charged, or adjudicated delinquent for prostitution offenses.
Presently, state law fails to protect child sex trafficking victims from facing delinquency charges for prostitution and other offenses committed as a result of their victimization; House Bill 984 seeks and fails to remedy this.
Amending N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 633:7(III-a) to increase the offense from a Class B to a Class A felony would ensure that purchasers face a minimum of 7 years imprisonment, comparable to penalties in neighboring states, including Vermont and Massachusetts.
An Act increasing penalties for buyers under the law regarding trafficking in persons.
House Bill 461 seeks to resolve a dated requirement by amending the state’s trafficking definition to include 16 and 17-year-olds as persons excluded from having to prove compulsion or exploitation by a person in a position of trust to qualify as a victim of sex trafficking