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Title XXXVIII CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT; PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

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  566.103.  Crime of promoting online sexual solicitation, violation, penalty. — 1.  A person or entity commits the offense of promoting online sexual solicitation if such person or entity knowingly permits a web-based classified service owned or operated by such person or entity to be used by individuals to post advertisements promoting prostitution, enticing a child to engage in sexual conduct, or promoting sexual trafficking of a child after receiving notice under this section.

  2.  As used in this section, the term "web-based classified service" means a person or entity in whose name a specific URL or internet domain name is registered which has advertisements for goods and services or personal advertisements.

  3.  An advertisement may be deemed to promote prostitution, entice a child to engage in sexual conduct, or promote sexual trafficking of a child, if the content of such advertisement would be interpreted by a reasonable person as offering to exchange sexual conduct for goods or services in violation of chapter 567, as seeking a child for the purpose of sexual conduct or commercial sex act, or as offering a child as a participant in sexual conduct or commercial sex act in violation of section 566.151, * 566.210**, or 566.211**.

  4.  It shall be prima facie evidence that a person or entity acts knowingly if an advertisement is not removed from the web-based classified service within seventy-two hours of that person or entity being notified that an advertisement has been posted on that service which is prohibited under this section.

  5.  Notice under this section may be provided by certified mail or facsimile transmission by the attorney general or any prosecuting attorney or circuit attorney.

  6.  A violation of this section shall be a felony, punishable by a fine in the amount of five thousand dollars per day that the advertisement remains posted on the web-based classified service after seventy-two hours of when notice has been provided pursuant to this section.

  7.  Original jurisdiction for prosecution of a violation of this section shall be with the local prosecuting attorney or circuit attorney.

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(L. 2009 H.B. 62 § 3)

*Words "or sections" appear in original rolls.

**Section 566.212 was transferred to section 566.211 and section 566.213 was transferred to section 566.210 by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17.


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