Maryland general assembly passes bill protecting children from sex trafficking
Governor Hogan's proposed legislation to protect victims of sex trafficking passed the Maryland House Thursday.
The bill, titled the Protecting Victims Of Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, passed the House by a unanimous 138-0 vote, one day after passing the Senate by a 46-0 vote.
The proposal further defines child sexual abuse to include the sex trafficking of a child.
Sex trafficking includes the recruitment, harboring, transportation, solicitation – among other things – of a child for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
The bill now goes to Governor Hogan for signing. Once signed it will go into effect immediately..
The reasons listed were for the immediate preservation of public health or safety.
On January 12, Governor Hogan released a statement on the then-proposed legislation, saying it "will further define sexual abuse to include sex trafficking regardless of whether the sexual abuse was committed by a parent or any other person who has permanent, or temporary care, or responsibility for supervision of the child."