2017 Hawaii Revised Statutes
TITLE 37. HAWAII PENAL CODE
706. Disposition of Convicted Defendants
706-650.5 Human trafficking victim services fund.

§706-650.5 Human trafficking victim services fund. (1) In addition to any disposition authorized by chapter 706, any individual who is:

(a) Convicted of an offense under part VIII of chapter 707; or

(b) Convicted of an offense under part I of chapter 712;

shall be ordered to pay a fee under subsection (2).

(2) Fees for individuals subject to subsection (1) shall not exceed the following:

(a) $5,000 when the offense is a class A felony;

(b) $2,500 when the offense is a class B felony;

(c) $1,000 when the offense is a class C felony;

(d) $500 when the offense is a misdemeanor; or

(e) $250 when the offense is a petty misdemeanor.

(3) There is established within the state treasury a special fund to be known as the human trafficking victim services fund to be administered by the department of labor and industrial relations. The disbursement of money from the human trafficking victim services fund shall be used to supplement programs, grants, or purchase of service contracts that support or provide comprehensive services to victims of labor trafficking crimes under part VIII of chapter 707, or victims of trafficking related to crimes under part I of chapter 712. Moneys in the special fund shall be used for new or existing programs, grants, or purchase of service contracts and shall not supplant any other moneys previously allocated to these programs, grants, or purchase of service contracts.

(4) All fees paid and interest accrued on funds collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the human trafficking victim services fund.

(5) When a defendant is ordered to make payments in addition to the human trafficking victim services fee authorized under subsection (2), payments by the defendant shall be made pursuant to section 706-651.

(6) The department of labor and industrial relations shall submit to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session a written annual report that provides the following:

(a) An accounting of the receipts of and expenditures from the human trafficking victim services fund; and

(b) Any recommendations to improve support of and services to victims of labor trafficking crimes under part VIII of chapter 707, or victims of trafficking related to crimes under part I of chapter 712. [L 2014, c 119, §1; am L 2016, c 231, §28]

COMMENTARY ON §706-650.5

Act 119, Session Laws 2014, added this section to impose a human trafficking victim services fee upon individuals who are convicted of certain trafficking offenses and to establish the human trafficking victim services fund, to provide support and services to human trafficking victims. The legislature found that existing law did not provide a source of revenue to support and provide services to human trafficking victims who often require access to basic and life-sustaining services, including toiletries and food, and may require long-term access to stable and supportive environments, such as licensed residential treatment facilities. Senate Standing Committee Report No. 3043, Conference Committee Report No. 97-14.

Act 231, Session Laws 2016, amended subsection (5) to implement recommendations made by the Penal Code Review Committee convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution No. 155, S.D. 1 (2015).

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