New Louisiana Human Trafficking Laws

  New Louisiana Laws Aim to Crack Down on Human Trafficking In the eyes of some social-service agencies and law-enforcement officials, Louisiana has proven to be a hub for human trafficking. Young women – some under 18, some a little older -- are regularly brought into the state, or recruited from within, and allegedly forced into prostitution by their handlers.   With that in mind, state Rep. Ronnie Johns, a Sulphur Republican, authored a few bills during the spring aimed at addressing the so-called human trafficking problem. Both bills received little or no opposition, and they have since been signed [...]

By |2016-06-19T17:55:04+00:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: Legislative News, Sex Crimes|Tags: , |

2016 Proposed Legislative Changes Sex Offender Registry

  Proposed Louisiana law seeks to further erode privacy of sex-offender registrants   The Louisiana State Senate on May 24 passed House Bill 1146, which aims to give the public access to email addresses and online screen names of registered sex offenders. House members passed it earlier in May. The impetus behind the bill, which won unanimous approval of both chambers with support of Democrats and Republicans alike, is unclear. State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, who sponsored the legislation, has told The (Baton Rouge) Advocate that the bill is aimed at helping parents keep their children away from sex offenders [...]

By |2016-06-01T20:08:09+00:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: Legislative News, Sex Crimes|Tags: , |

Misdemeanor Sexual Battery — Louisiana Law

  Misdemeanor Sexual Battery During the 2015 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers created the crime of misdemeanor sexual battery.  This offense is defined as the following:   The intentional touching of the breasts or buttocks of the victim by the offender, or the offender by the victim, using any instrumentality or any part of the body of the offender, directly or through clothing, when the offender acts without the consent of the victim.   Anyone who is convicted of this offense is not eligible to have the conviction set aside or have the prosecution dismissed.  In other words. the person may [...]

Jared Fogle and the Complexities Surrounding Child-Exploitation Offenses

  Our Criminal Justice System Needs to Reevaluate How It Handles Child Sex Abuse Cases The news surrounding the recent child exploitation case against Jared Fogle – the face of the Subway fast-food chain for many years – is spurring debate about the rising trend of individuals who are suddenly popping up in the news (and in courtrooms) as alleged pedophiles.   Children have been exploited since the beginning of time, but in today’s U.S. criminal justice system there seems to be a renewed push toward prosecuting the offenders, whether it is a direct physical act (such as a teacher [...]

SCOTUS Update: Restitution in Child Pornography Cases Must Be Limited

  Supreme Court ruling Outlines Limits on Child Pornography Restitution Should those who download child porn pay the victims?   A while back, I wrote a couple blogs about the legal battle concerning restitution between people who have pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and the victims in the photographs. See here and here. Somehow I failed to report back on the Supreme Court ruling. Paroline vs. United States The high court's decision essentially requires that courts find balance with regard to restitution for child pornography victims.

The justices, in a 5-4 vote, reversed a New Orleans federal appeals court [...]

Solicitation of Transportation in Exchange for Sexual Intercourse

  Solicitation of Funds or Transportation for Certain Unlawful Purposes - La. R.S. 14:107.5   This is a new law that was created during the 2014 legislative session, essentially this law states that it is unlawful to ask someone for a ride or transportation in exchange for sexual intercourse. This is considered a prostitution related offense. A. It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit funds or transportation with the intention to solicit the person to engage in indiscriminate sexual intercourse for compensation. B. For purposes of this Section, "sexual intercourse" means anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse. C. Whoever [...]

By |2015-05-06T06:48:57+00:00January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Crimes Defined, Criminal Statutes, Sex Crimes|Tags: |

Unjust Oppression of Sex Offenders on Halloween

  Sex Offenders and Halloween Today is Halloween. This means that law enforcement officials are going to knock on the doors of many known sex offenders to remind them of laws that restrict their freedom today. For example, in Louisiana, registered sex offenders are not allowed to trick or treat, attend parties where children will be present or even decorate their home for Halloween. In other states, these restrictions include no driving after dark, no dressing up or leaving the house between 5 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Other jurisdictions require registered sex offenders to turn their porch light off and [...]

By |2015-06-12T15:46:32+00:00October 31st, 2014|Categories: Sex Crimes, The Constitution|Tags: |

Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2014

  In 2007, the U.S. Senate declared January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in an effort to raise the consciousness about this issue. When you hear the term, Human Trafficking, you probably think of sex slavery or forced prostitution.  I think that it is important for people to understand that the term is far more encompassing than that. Human trafficking is not just sex slavery. It is forced labor in cleaning services, farmlands, factories, nail salons and many other industries. It is holding humans captive, and forcing them to work for free, by threatening them.  It is essentially modern day slavery. [...]

Federal Law On Classifying Sex Offenders

      In 2006 the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act made a number of changes regarding sex offender laws including laws that imposed on the states requirements pertaining to state sex offender registration on where, when and how long sex offenders must register.   The law requires each jurisdiction to maintain a sex offender registry that divides sex offenders into three tiers and requires different registry periods for each tier.   Tiers   Tier III sex offender --  the most serious classification. These sex offenders are convicted of an offense that is punishable by more than one year in [...]

Aggravated Crimes Against Nature — Louisiana Law

     AGGRAVATED CRIMES AGAINST NATURE -- La.R.S. 14:89.1   Aggravated crime against nature is crime against nature committed under any one or more of the following circumstances: (1)  When the victim resists the act to the utmost, but such resistance is overcome by force; (2)  When the victim is prevented from resisting the act by threats of great and immediate bodily harm accompanied by apparent power of execution; (3)  When the victim is prevented from resisting the act because the offender is armed with a dangerous weapon; or (4)  When through idiocy, imbecility, or any unsoundness of mind, either [...]