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.
For more information on these bills, please visit our website.
Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, in which traffickers reap billions in profits by using force, fraud or coercion to rob victims of their freedom. It is estimated that thousands of U.S. citizens are trafficked within the United States, including more than 100,000 children in commercial sex. Virginia is not exempt from the brutality of human trafficking. In fact, the FBI previously identified Northern Virginia as one of 14 major child trafficking centers in the country.
I am emailing you today to urge you to please sign HB 1898, 2190, and SB 1453 into law. These bills will improve Virginia’s laws against human trafficking by giving law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to target traffickers, as well as provide victims with the services and resources they need to begin recovering:
HB1898 will expand the scope of the abduction statute to allow prosecutors to target traffickers who use force, intimidation, or deception for the purpose of prostitution, as well as those who cause a person to be engaged in forced labor or services, prostitution, concubinage, the manufacture of obscene material or child pornography.
HB2190 will create a plan for identifying victims and coordinating the delivery of services such as housing, health care, education, job training, and legal aid.
SB1453 will authorize the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in conjunction with the Attorney General, to advise law enforcement and prosecutors regarding the identification, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking cases. By signing these bills into law, your administration will send a clear message through out the Commonwealth that human trafficking will not be tolerated in Virginia.
Can I count on your support?