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'Sextortion' ban among many new Maryland laws taking effect to protect women

'Sextortion' ban among many new Maryland laws taking effect to protect women

Using threats of shame or economic harm to coerce a person into having sex will become explicitly illegal in Maryland under one of the hundreds of new laws that take effect Monday in the state.

(Find a list of notable laws here or at the bottom of this article)

While officially gender-neutral, the bill is one of many the General Assembly passed this year with a focus on protecting or otherwise enhancing the quality of life of women. They address a variety of concerns — including sexual assault, workplace harassment and...

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