March 21, 2022

HOUSE PASSES BILL TO ALLOW SEX WORKERS TO REPORT CRIMES WITHOUT FACING PROSECUTION

DENVER, CO – The House unanimously passed bipartisan legislation today that would provide sex workers immunity from prostitution charges when reporting serious, violent crimes to law enforcement. HB22-1288 would allow safe reporting for sex workers if they witnessed or were a victim of a violent crime.

“We’re committed to building a safer Colorado, and allowing sex workers to report serious crimes will protect our communities and help bring violent criminals to justice,” said Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada. “Sex workers who are survivors of serious crimes or a witness to a serious crime need to be able to safely report these crimes without facing prosecution. This bill grants sex workers immunity for prostitution charges when they bravely report violent and serious crimes to law enforcement or seek emergency services.”

HB22-1288, sponsored by Representatives Brianna Titone and Matt Soper, would grant a victim immunity from certain prostitution-related charges if the evidence for the charges was obtained as a result of the victim seeking assistance from a law enforcement officer or emergency services. Under the bill, victims would receive immunity from prosecution when reporting to law enforcement the crimes of human trafficking, stalking, kidnapping, assault, and murder.

The bill received unanimous bipartisan support.