Victims of human trafficking face a horrific life in which they are threatened, beaten, raped, starved, locked up, or psychologically manipulated- all for the financial profit of traffickers.
Please help support two critical pieces of legislation by calling your State Senators and telling them to vote YES on House Bills 1898 and 2190 as well as Senate Bill 1453.
Human trafficking is a brutal crime that lurks in the shadows and thrives on secrecy and isolation of victims. Victims of human trafficking face a horrific life in which they are threatened, beaten, raped, starved, locked up, or psychologically manipulated- all for the financial profit of traffickers. The crime is far more common in Virginia than one might think. Legislation that would expand the scope of laws that are used to prosecute human trafficking in Virginia and create a plan for delivering services to victims is crucial in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Virginia House Bill 1898 would criminalize the abduction of an adult for prostitution, extend abduction for prostitution to all minors, and criminalize receiving money for causing a person to become a victim of human trafficking. Virginia House Bill 2190 would require the Department of Social Services to develop a plan for identifying victims of human trafficking and delivering vital services such housing, health care, education, job training, and legal services. Both of these bill recently passed the House of Delegates and will be heading over to the Virginia Senate. Your support is needed!
House Bill 1898 would expand the scope of abduction for prostitution to both adults and children who are not currently covered under existing law. These changes would make Virginia’s laws against human trafficking substantially stronger and allow prosecutors to target those who abduct adults for the purposes of prostitution.
House Bill 2190 would create a plan for identifying victims of human trafficking and for delivering vital services that victims need to begin the recovery process. This plan would create for the first time, a coordinated response to victims of human trafficking for the delivery of resources they need and deserve.
Senate Bill 1453 authorizes the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in conjunction with the Attorney General, to advise law-enforcement agencies and attorneys for the Commonwealth regarding the identification, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking offenses. This bill will result in the more efficient and effective targeting of human trafficking networks and rescue of victims of this horrible crime.
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