Senate Bill 683, deemed the “Safe Harbor Bill” has been ratified by the General Assembly! It has been sent to Governor Pat McCrory’s office for signature today.
The Safe Harbor Bill will protect minors who are victims of prostitution and/or human trafficking by placing them in temporary protective custody instead of through prosecution. This law will also further penalize offenders, as mistake of age and consent of minor cannot be used as defense for prosecution. You can read a full text of the law at the NC General Assembly’s website.