Sec. 3.5. (a) A child is a child in need of services if, before the child becomes eighteen (18) years of age:

(1) the child is the victim of:

Terms Used In Indiana Code 31-34-1-3.5

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
(A) human or sexual trafficking (as defined in IC 31-9-2-133.1); or

(B) a human or sexual trafficking offense under the law of another jurisdiction, including federal law, that is substantially equivalent to the act described in clause (A); and

(2) the child needs care, treatment, or rehabilitation that:

(A) the child is not receiving; and

(B) is unlikely to be provided or accepted without the coercive intervention of the court.

     (b) A child is considered a victim of human or sexual trafficking regardless of whether the child consented to the conduct described in subsection (a)(1).

As added by P.L.46-2016, SEC.8.