§46.2. Human trafficking
A. It shall be unlawful:
(1)(a) For any person to knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, provide, solicit, receive,
isolate, entice, obtain, or maintain the use of another person through fraud, force, or coercion
to provide services or labor.
(b) For any person to knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, provide, solicit, sell,
purchase, receive, isolate, entice, obtain, or maintain the use of a person under the age of
twenty-one years for the purpose of engaging in commercial sexual activity regardless of
whether the person was recruited, harbored, transported, provided, solicited, sold, purchased,
received, isolated, enticed, obtained, or maintained through fraud, force, or coercion. It shall
not be a defense to prosecution for a violation of the provisions of this Subparagraph that the
person did not know the age of the victim or that the victim consented to the prohibited
(2) For any person to knowingly benefit from activity prohibited by the provisions
of this Section.
(3) For any person to knowingly facilitate any of the activities prohibited by the
provisions of this Section by any means, including but not limited to helping, aiding,
abetting, or conspiring, regardless of whether a thing of value has been promised to or
received by the person.
B.(1) Except as provided in Paragraphs (2) and (3) of this Subsection, whoever
commits the crime of human trafficking shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars and
shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than ten years.
(2)(a) Whoever commits the crime of human trafficking when the services include
commercial sexual activity or any sexual conduct constituting a crime under the laws of this
state shall be fined not more than fifteen thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned at hard
labor for not more than twenty years.
(b) Whoever commits the crime of human trafficking in violation of the provisions
of Subparagraph (A)(1)(b) of this Section shall be fined not more than fifty thousand dollars,
imprisoned at hard labor for not less than fifteen years, nor more than fifty years, or both.
(3) Whoever commits the crime of human trafficking when the trafficking involves
a person under the age of eighteen shall be fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars
and shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than five nor more than twenty-five years,
five years of which shall be without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of
(4)(a) In addition, the court shall order that the personal property used in the
commission of the offense, or the proceeds of any such conduct, shall be seized and
impounded, and after conviction, sold at public sale or public auction by the district attorney,
or otherwise distributed or disposed of, in accordance with R.S. 15:539.1.
(b) The personal property made subject to seizure and sale pursuant to Subparagraph
(a) of this Paragraph may include, but shall not be limited to, electronic communication
devices, computers, computer related equipment, motor vehicles, photographic equipment
used to record or create still or moving visual images of the victim that are recorded on
paper, film, video tape, disc, or any other type of digital recording media, and currency,
instruments, or securities.
C. For purposes of this Section:
(1) "Commercial sexual activity" means any sexual act performed or conducted when
anything of value has been given, promised, or received by any person.
(2) "Debt bondage" means inducing an individual to provide any of the following:
(a) Commercial sexual activity in payment toward or satisfaction of a real or
(b) Labor or services in payment toward or satisfaction of a real or purported debt
if either of the following occur:
(i) The reasonable value of the labor or services provided is not applied toward the
liquidation of the debt.
(ii) The length of the labor or services is not limited and the nature of the labor or
services is not defined.
(3) "Fraud, force, or coercion" shall include but not be limited to any of the
(a) Causing or threatening to cause serious bodily injury.
(b) Physically restraining or threatening to physically restrain another person.
(c) Abduction or threatened abduction of an individual.
(d) The use of a plan, pattern, or statement with intent to cause an individual to
believe that failure to perform an act will result in the use of force against, abduction of,
serious harm to, or physical restraint of an individual.
(e) The abuse or threatened abuse of law or legal process.
(f) The actual or threatened destruction, concealment, removal, confiscation, or
possession of any actual or purported passport or other immigration document, or any other
actual or purported government identification document, of another person.
(g) Controlling or threatening to control an individual's access to a controlled
dangerous substance as set forth in R.S. 40:961 et seq.
(h) The use of an individual's physical or mental impairment, where such impairment
has substantial adverse effects on the individual's cognitive or volitional functions.
(i) The use of debt bondage or civil or criminal fraud.
(j) Extortion as defined in R.S. 14:66.
(4) "Labor or services" means activity having an economic value.
D. It shall not be a defense to prosecution for a violation of this Section that the
person being recruited, harbored, transported, provided, solicited, received, isolated, enticed,
obtained, or maintained is actually a law enforcement officer or peace officer acting within
the official scope of his duties.
E. If any Subsection, Paragraph, Subparagraph, Item, sentence, clause, phrase, or
word of this Section is for any reason held to be invalid, unlawful, or unconstitutional, such
decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Section.
F.(1) A victim of trafficking involving services that include commercial sexual
activity or any sexual contact which constitutes a crime pursuant to the laws of this state shall
have an affirmative defense to prosecution for any of the following offenses which were
committed as a direct result of being trafficked:
(a) R.S. 14:82 (Prostitution).
(b) R.S. 14:83.3 (Prostitution by massage).
(c) R.S. 14:83.4 (Massage; sexual conduct prohibited).
(d) R.S. 14:89 (Crime against nature).
(e) R.S. 14:89.2 (Crime against nature by solicitation).
(2) Any person seeking to raise this affirmative defense shall provide written notice
to the state at least forty-five days prior to trial or at an earlier time as otherwise required by
(3) Any person determined to be a victim pursuant to the provisions of this
Subsection shall be notified of any treatment or specialized services for sexually exploited
persons to the extent that such services are available.
Acts 2005, No. 187, §1; Acts 2010, No. 382, §1; Acts 2010, No. 763, §1; Acts 2011,
No. 64, §1; Acts 2012, No. 446, §1; Acts 2014, No. 564, §1; Acts 2016, No. 269, §1; Acts
2017, No. 180, §1, eff. June 12, 2017.