STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1463_______

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: S.B. No. 616
                                     S.D. 1
                                     H.D. 1

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which
was referred S.B. No. 616, S.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to create a civil cause of
action for damages by persons coerced into prostitution, against
those who coerced them.

     Testimony in support of this bill was received by the Hawaii
State Commission on the Status of Women, Sisters Offering
Support, Hawaii Activities and Tours Association, the American
Red Cross, and several concerned individuals.

     Your Committee finds that the solicitation and coercion of
minors and females into the tawdry world of prostitution is of
growing concern in this State.  Your Committee finds that the
enactment of this bill will send a strong message to the
individuals who have been exploiting minors and females that the
citizens of this State have zero tolerance for such reprehensible

     Your Committee has amended this bill by:

     (1)  Deleting the findings and purpose section;

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     (2)  Deleting the section relating to a separate cause of
          action for inducing a minor into prostitution;

     (3)  Modifying the list of acts that may serve as evidence
          in support of claims of coercion, including coercion
          occurring while a person is a minor; 

     (4)  Amending the recoverable damages section;

     (5)  Deleting the section regarding the effect of criminal

     (6)  Changing the statute of limitations from four to two
          years; and

     (7)  Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for purposes
          of clarity and style.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of S.B. No. 616, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached
hereto as S.B. No. 616, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be placed on the
calendar for Third Reading.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary &
                                   Hawaiian Affairs,

                                   PAUL T. OSHIRO, Chair