AB 2221, as amended, Cristina Garcia. Criminal procedure: human trafficking witnesses.
Under existing law, a person who deprives or violates another person’s personal liberty with the intent to obtain forced labor or services or who deprives or violates another person’s personal liberty for the purpose of prostitution or sexual exploitation is guilty of human trafficking, a felony.
This bill would
begin delete requireend delete that a minor who is a victim of human trafficking be provided with assistance from the local county Victim Witness Assistance Center begin delete prior to testifying as a witness in the caseend delete
if the minor so desires that assistance.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 236.13 is added to the Penal Code, to
begin deletePrior to testifying as a witness in end deletea case
4involving a charge of human trafficking under Section 236.1, a
5minor who is a victim of the human trafficking shall be provided
6with assistance from the local county Victim Witness Assistance
7Center if the minor so desires.
8(b) This section does not require a local agency to operate a
9Victim Witness Assistance Center.