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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2197


To amend chapter 77 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act constitutes coercion and using drugs or illegal substances to provide or obtain the labor or services of a person constitutes forced labor.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 22, 2019

Mr. Brown (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Portman, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Blumenthal, and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend chapter 77 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act constitutes coercion and using drugs or illegal substances to provide or obtain the labor or services of a person constitutes forced labor.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Protecting Rights Of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Use of drugs or illegal substances for trafficking in persons.

(a) Forced labor.—Section 1589(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3), by striking “or” at the end;

(2) in paragraph (4), by striking the comma at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following:

“(5) by means of supplying, furnishing, or providing any drug or illegal substance to a person, including to exploit the addiction of the person or cause the person to become addicted to the drug or illegal substance,”.

(b) Sex trafficking.—Section 1591(e)(2) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B), by striking “or” at the end;

(2) in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) supplying, furnishing, or providing any drug or illegal substance to a person, including to exploit the addiction of the person or cause the person to become addicted to the drug or illegal substance (unless the defendant engaged in the conduct as a direct result of being a victim of an offense under this chapter).”.