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.