An Act To Establish the Crimes of Criminal Forced Labor and Aggravated Criminal Forced Labor in the Maine Criminal Code
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §§304 and 305 are enacted to read:
§ 304. Criminal forced labor
(1) The reasonable value of the labor or services is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt; or
(2) The length of labor or services is not limited and the nature of the labor or services is not defined; or
(1) Cause physical injury to or death of a person;
(2) Cause destruction of or consequential damage to property, other than property of the actor;
(3) Engage in other conduct constituting a Class A, B or C crime or criminal restraint;
(4) Accuse a person of a crime or cause criminal charges or deportation proceedings to be instituted against a person;
(5) Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, regardless of veracity, that would subject a person, except the actor, to hatred, contempt or ridicule;
(6) Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information regarding a person's legal claim or defense;
(7) Use a position as a public servant to perform some act related to an official duty or fail or refuse to perform an official duty in a manner that affects a person; or
(8) Perform any other act that would not in itself materially benefit the actor but that is calculated to harm the person being compelled with respect to that person's health, safety or immigration status.
§ 305. Aggravated criminal forced labor
Sec. 2. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 13, in the chapter headnote, the words "kidnapping and criminal restraint" are amended to read "kidnapping, criminal restraint and criminal forced labor" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.
This bill creates the crimes of criminal forced labor, a Class C crime, and aggravated criminal forced labor, a Class B crime, under the Maine Criminal Code. It provides that a person is guilty of criminal forced labor if the person, without the legal right to do so, intentionally or knowingly compels another person to provide labor or services having economic value through certain coercive acts. A person is guilty of aggravated criminal forced labor if the person compelled to provide labor or services has not in fact attained 18 years of age.