(Senate Bill 148)
An Act to establish the crime of torture of a human trafficking victim and provide a penalty therefor.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That a NEW SECTION be added:
22-49-5. Torture of a human trafficking victim--Felony.
A person who, with the intent to cause cruel physical or mental pain, inflicts serious bodily injury or serious mental injury upon a human trafficking victim while the victim is the subject of human trafficking is guilty of a Class 1 felony. Proof that the victim suffered pain is not an element of the crime of torture of a human trafficking victim.
Section 2. That a NEW SECTION be added:
22-49-6. Definition of terms--Torture.
Terms used in § 22-49-5 mean:
(1) "Cruel," brutal, inhuman, sadistic, or that which torments;
(2) "Serious mental injury," a condition that results in a substantial alteration of mental functioning that is manifested in a visibly demonstrable manner caused by or resulting from:
(a) The intentional infliction or threatened infliction of serious bodily injury;
(b) The administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt the senses or the personality; or
(c) The threat of imminent death.
Signed March 10, 2021
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