Amended in Senate August 18, 2016

Amended in Senate August 16, 2016

Amended in Assembly April 19, 2016

Amended in Assembly April 6, 2016

Amended in Assembly March 17, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2221


Introduced by Assembly Members Cristina Garcia and Grove

February 18, 2016


An act to add Section 236.13 to the Penal Code, relating to crimes.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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 wouldbegin delete requireend deletebegin insert require, in a case involving a charge of human trafficking,end insert that a minor who is a victim ofbegin insert theend insert human trafficking be provided with assistance from the local county Victim Witness Assistance Centerbegin 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:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 236.13 is added to the Penal Code, to
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236.13.  

(a) begin deletePrior to testifying as a witness in end deletebegin insertIn end inserta 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.



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