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SB 5744: Concerning commercially sexually exploited children

Two receiving centers are created to provide services to commercially sexually exploited youth, ages twelve to seventeen. The Office of Homeless Youth and Prevention and Protection Programs to report on the outcomes of the receiving centers. These centers must begin providing services by January 2020.

Starting July 2021, only a person eighteen or older can be charged with the crime of prostitution. 

Law enforcement officers are allowed to take a child into custody and to a receiving center if the officer reasonably believes the child is a victim of sexual exploitation.

The Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Statewide Coordinating Committee is directed to compile data on the number of children taken into custody under the belief a juvenile may be a victim of sexual exploitation.

Amendments: 

2nd substitute:

  • Modifies intent section.
  • Replaces references to “youth” with “child” or “children.”
  •  Replaces the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families as the entity administering funding for the receiving centers.
  •  Requires receiving centers must be existing facilities and not require any new construction.
  • Deletes the receiving centers provide treatment for up to one year at the same location.
  • Requires law enforcement to transport a child who is eligible for receiving center services to a receiving center or coordinate transportation with a liaison or a community service provider.
  • Requires CSEC Steering Committee to convene a meeting on the role that CAC have in responding to CSEC.
  • Requires Commerce to report to the Legislature regarding specific information regarding CACs.
  • Requires DCYF to create liaison positions in each region with one new program manager.
  • Delays the effective date for decriminalization of juvenile prostitution until January 1, 2024.