13-3212. Child sex trafficking; classification; increased punishment; definition

A. A person commits child sex trafficking by knowingly:

1. Causing any minor to engage in prostitution.

2. Using any minor for the purposes of prostitution.

3. Permitting a minor who is under the person's custody or control to engage in prostitution.

4. Receiving any benefit for or on account of procuring or placing a minor in any place or in the charge or custody of any person for the purpose of prostitution.

5. Receiving any benefit pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution of a minor.

6. Financing, managing, supervising, controlling or owning, either alone or in association with others, prostitution activity involving a minor.

7. Transporting or financing the transportation of any minor with the intent that the minor engage in prostitution.

8. Providing a means by which a minor engages in prostitution.

9. Enticing, recruiting, harboring, providing, transporting, making available to another or otherwise obtaining a minor with the intent to cause the minor to engage in prostitution or any sexually explicit performance.

10. Enticing, recruiting, harboring, providing, transporting, making available to another or otherwise obtaining a minor with the knowledge that the minor will engage in prostitution or any sexually explicit performance.

B. A person who is at least eighteen years of age commits child sex trafficking by knowingly:

1. Engaging in prostitution with a minor who is under fifteen years of age.

2. Engaging in prostitution with a minor who the person knows or should have known is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age.

3. Engaging in prostitution with a minor who is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age.

C. It is not a defense to a prosecution under subsection A and subsection B, paragraphs 1 and 2 of this section that the other person is a peace officer posing as a minor or a person assisting a peace officer posing as a minor.

D. Notwithstanding any other law, a sentence imposed on a person for any of the following shall be consecutive to any other sentence imposed on the person at any time:

1. A violation of subsection A or subsection B, paragraph 2 of this section involving a minor who is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age.

2. A violation of subsection A, paragraph 9 or 10 of this section.

E. Child sex trafficking pursuant to subsection A of this section is a class 2 felony if the minor is under fifteen years of age and is punishable pursuant to section 13-705.

F. Child sex trafficking pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 1 of this section is a class 2 felony and is punishable pursuant to section 13-705.

G. If the minor is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age, child sex trafficking pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 of this section is a class 2 felony, the person convicted shall be sentenced pursuant to this section and the person is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served or commuted.  The presumptive term may be aggravated or mitigated within the range under this section pursuant to section 13-701, subsections C, D and E.  The terms are as follows:

1. The term for a first offense is as follows:

Minimum     Presumptive Maximum

10 years    13.5 years  24 years

2. The term for a defendant who has one historical prior felony conviction is as follows:

Minimum     Presumptive Maximum

17 years    24 years    31 years

3. The term for a defendant who has two or more historical prior felony convictions is as follows:

Minimum     Presumptive Maximum

24 years    31 years    38 years

H. If the minor is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age, child sex trafficking pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 9 or 10 of this section is a class 2 felony.

I. If the minor is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age, child sex trafficking pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 2 of this section is a class 2 felony, the person convicted shall be sentenced pursuant to this section and the person is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served or commuted.  The presumptive term may be aggravated or mitigated within the range under this section pursuant to section 13-701, subsections C, D and E.  The terms are as follows:

1. The term for a first offense is as follows:

Minimum     Presumptive Maximum

7 years     10.5 years  21 years

2. The term for a defendant who has one historical prior felony conviction is as follows:

Minimum     Presumptive Maximum

14 years    15.75 years 28 years

3. The term for a defendant who has two or more historical prior felony convictions is as follows:

Minimum     Presumptive Maximum

21 years    28 years    35 years

J. Child sex trafficking pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 3 of this section is a class 6 felony.  If the court sentences the person to a term of probation, the court shall order that as an initial term of probation the person be imprisoned in the county jail for not less than one hundred eighty consecutive days. This jail term shall commence on the date of sentencing.  The court may suspend ninety days of the jail sentence if the person has not previously been convicted of a violation of this section, a violation of section 13-3214 or a violation of any city or town ordinance that prohibits prostitution and that has the same or substantially similar elements as section 13-3214 and the person successfully completes an appropriate court ordered education or treatment program.

K. This section does not preclude the state from alleging and proving any other sentencing enhancements as provided by law.

L. For the purposes of this section, "sexually explicit performance" means a live or public act or show intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires or appeal to the prurient interest of patrons.