While Virginia has made significant strides to confront human trafficking, it’s still a growing problem—so much so that Governor McDonnell hosted the first-ever state Human Trafficking Summit. What those in attendance learned is that while Virginia-especially Northern Virginia—is still one of the largest hubs for traffickers, law enforcement is quickly gaining ground.
A panel of experts whose responsibility is preparing Virginia for more uniform laws throughout the 50 states is not ready to sign off on proposed human trafficking legislation.
While one Commissioner for Promotion of Uniformity of Legislation believes the concept is great, he also says some tweaking is needed before the Commonwealth joins the other states that are ready right now.
Each year the Virginia State Police issues an annual crime analysis breaking down incidents by location and type. The most recent analysis for crimes in 2013 puts a city at the top of the list that doesn’t think it belongs there.
Virginia lawmakers concede that it may be impossible to create and amend laws that crack down on the ever-changing illegal drug trade, but they're determined to be as proactive as possible to deter it and prosecute those behind it.