Believe it or not, Virgina is the only state in the union to not have sex trafficking laws, however that is about to change, for the state has passed new legislation making sex and child sex trafficking a crime.
Bill (HB 1964) 1). Clearly defines and establishes the offense of sex trafficking.
2). Establishes penalties that reflect the seriousness of the offense.
3). Specifically criminalizes child sex trafficking as a Class 3 felony without requiring prosecutors prove that force, intimidation or deception was used to cause the minor to engage in commercial sexual conduct given the way the traffickers recruit minors by preying on their vulnerability and trust.
4). Assists in protecting and properly identifying sex trafficking victims.
5). Closes a loophole in Virginia’s existing laws by criminalizing the recruitment of minors and adults for commercial sex—conduct which is currently not criminalized in Virginia. Source WDBJ Channel
This bill is a good start and is supported by Kids Not For Sale Coalition of Virgina, and is good to see this. I feel that is a great start for Virgina.