Details About Hawaii’s New Sex Trafficking Legislation

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State capitol: Photo by Emily Metcalf

BY KATHRYN XIAN – I’ll be brief. In response to Tracy Ryan’s continuance of mis-truths to confuse the public in Hawaii’s New Sex Trafficking Bill Over Reaches the Mark (Hawaii Reporter) …let me inform you of the law within which HB240 applies (which strictly applies to “Advancing” or “Profiting” Prostitution):

§712-1201  Promoting prostitution; definition of terms.  In sections 712-1202, 712-1203 and 712-1204:


(1)  A person “advances prostitution” if, acting other than as a prostitute or a patron of a prostitute, he knowingly causes or aids a person to commit or engage in prostitution, procures or solicits patrons for prostitution, provides persons for prostitution purposes, permits premises to be regularly used for prostitution purposes, operates or assists in the operation of a house of prostitution or a prostitution enterprise, or engages in any other conduct designed to institute, aid, or facilitate an act or enterprise of prostitution.

(2)  A person “profits from prostitution” if, acting other than as a prostitute receiving compensation for personally-rendered prostitution services, he accepts or receives money or other property pursuant to an agreement or understanding with any person whereby he participates or is to participate in the proceeds of prostitution activity. [L 1972, c 9, pt of §1]

These laws only threaten women if they themselves pimp other women or children out for money. Yes, these laws strictly only apply to pimp/traffickers male or female.

The reason Tracy Ryan is so against these laws, as said before in public, is because Tracy Ryan is pro-pimp and pro-patron while pretending to be pro-victim, sly enough to use the vernacular of service providers who actually work directly with sex-trafficked victims.

Kathryn Xian is the Executive Director for the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery and a 2010 Weinberg Foundation Fellow
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