COMPELLING PROSTITITION

LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2005
CHAPTER 450

EXPLANATION--Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to creating the crime of compelling prostitution

Became a law August 9, 2005, with the approval of the Governor.  Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1.  The penal law is amended by adding a new section 230.33 to read as follows:

§230.33 Compelling prostitution.

A person is guilty of compelling prostitution when, being twenty-one years of age or older, he or she knowingly advances prostitution by compelling a person less than sixteen years old, by force or intimidation, to engage in prostitution.

Compelling prostitution is a class B felony.

§2.  Section 230.35 of the penal law, as added by chapter 627 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:

§230.35 Promoting or compelling prostitution; accomplice.

In a prosecution for promoting prostitution or compelling prostitution, a person less than seventeen years of age from whose prostitution activity another person is alleged to have  advanced or attempted to advance or profited or attempted to profit shall not be deemed to be an accomplice.

§ 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:

Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of the Public Officers Law, we hereby jointly certify that this slip copy of this session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

            JOSEPH L. BRUNO                                           SHELDON SILVER

   Temporary President of the Senate            Speaker of the Assembly