SB 1168 - This act relates prohibits certain activities relating to human trafficking and prostitution.
Under this act, if a business pleads guilty to or is found guilty of violating the laws against human trafficking or abuse through forced labor, the court may:
• Order its dissolution or reorganization;
• Order the suspension or revocation of any license or permit granted to the business;
• Order the surrender of its charter or the revocation of its certificate to conduct business.
This act creates the crime of promoting travel for prostitution. A person commits such crime if he or she knowingly sells or offers to sell travel services that include or facilitate travel for the purpose of engaging in prostitution. The crime is a Class C felony.
No travel agency or charter tour operator shall:
• Promote travel for prostitution; or
• Sell, advertise, or otherwise offer to sell travel services for purpose of engaging in a commercial sex act or which offer sexual contact as an enticement for tourism or which provide access to sex escorts or sexual services.
There shall be a rebuttable presumption that any agency or tour operator using advertisements that include certain terms or include depictions of human genitalia is in violation of this section.
No travel agency or charter tour operator shall engage in selling, advertising, or otherwise offering to sell travel services, tourism packages, or activities that solicit, encourage, or facilitate travel for the purposes of engaging in prostitution.
Upon violation of this section, the secretary of state shall revoke the articles of incorporation of such business. The secretary of state, as part of a proceeding brought under this section, may order a freeze on the bank or deposit accounts of the travel agency or charter tour operator.
This act is identical to provisions in TAT/CCS/SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1698 (2006).
SUSAN HENDERSON MOORE