Bill No.
39-15
Concerning: Offenses - Purchase of
Prostitution - Prohibited
Revised: 11-9-15
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Introduced:
September 29. 2015
Enacted:
November 17. 2015
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmembers Hucker and Rice
Co-sponsor: Councilmembers Navarro, Riemer, Berliner, Eirich, Katz, and Council Vice President
Floreen
AN ACT
to:
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prohibit the purchase of prostitution;
establish enforcement procedures and penalties; and
generally amend County law relating to offenses.
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 32, Offenses - Purchase of Prostitution
Section 32-23A
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sections 32-23A is added as follows:
32-23A. Purchase of prostitution.
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Due to its location on the I-95 corridor. low crime rate. and high
disposable income. Montgomery County has become a prime
location for human trafficking:
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a significant number of prostitutes working
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Montgomery
County are victims of human trafficking: and
the United States Department of Justice has found strong
evidence to support a demand-reduction approach to combatting
human trafficking.
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Definitions.
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this Section, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
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Human trafficking
means the recruitment. transportation. transfer.
harboring or receipt of persons. by means of the threat or use of force
or other forms of coercion. of abduction. of fraud. of deception. of the
abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or
receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person
having control over another person. for the purpose of exploitation.
Prostitution
means the performance of§: sexual act, sexual contact, or
vaginal intercourse for hire.
Purchase
means to offer or agree to
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money or something of value
to another person
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return for
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service.
Sexual act
has the meaning stated in Md. Criminal Law Art. §3-301, as
amended.
Sexual contact
has the meaning stated
in
Md. Criminal Law
Art.
§3-
301, as amended.
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Vaginal intercourse
has the meaning stated
in
Md. Criminal Law Art.
§3-301, as amended.
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Prohibition.
A person must not purchase prostitution
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Enforcement; penalties.
A police officer may issue
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civil citation or
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criminal citation
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person whom the officer reasonably believes has violated
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Approved:
A violation of this Section is
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Class A violation.
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George Leventhal, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy of Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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