Virginia Focuses on Human Trafficking Laws

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, says, “Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the country.  Besides working to get Virginia’s laws strengthened, it is a major priority of my office to educate law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim-witness coordinators how to identify, prosecute, and prevent human trafficking to rid our commonwealth and our nation of this scourge.

The attorney general said he will support three anti-human trafficking bills in the 2013 Virginia General Assembly session. HB1606 and SB1015 (Howell) increase the penalty for soliciting prostitution from a minor from a misdemeanor offense to a Class 5 or Class 6 felony, depending on the age of the minor. HB1870 would include Virginia’s basic human trafficking statute — “receiving money for procuring a person” — in the list of offenses that can be investigated and indicted by a multijurisdictional grand jury. HB1826 would include Virginia’s aggravated human trafficking statutes in those offenses that officers are allowed to investigate outside their jurisdictions.

Learn more at the WTVR TV article: Attorney General, lawmakers focus on human trafficking.

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