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
Executive:
November 24. 2015
Effective:
February 23. 2016
Sunset Date:
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Laws of Mont. Co. 2015
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmembers Rucker and Rice
Co-sponsor: Councilmembers Navarro, Riemer, Berliner, Elrich, 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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Sec 1. Sections 32-23A is added as follows:
32-23A. Purchase of prostitution.
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Findings.
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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 in Montgomery
County are victims of human trafficking: and
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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 tra(ficking
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.
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Prostitution
means the performance
vaginal intercourse for hire.
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sexual act, sexual contact, or
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Purchase
means to offer or agree to
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money or something of value
to another person in return for
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Sexual act
has the meaning stated in Md. Criminal Law Art. §3-301, as
amended.
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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
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Md. Criminal Law
Art ..
§3-301, as amended.
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A person must not purchase prostitution
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Enforcement; penalties.
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A police officer may issue
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civil citation or
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person whom the officer reasonably believes has violated
this Section.
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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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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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This is a correct copy of Council action.
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