Abduction and kidnapping; definition. (HB2016)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Bob Hull (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Human Trafficking. Defines human trafficking to include the use of force, deception, or coercion, for the purpose of subjecting a person to involuntary servitude, debt bondage, concubinage, prostitution, or slavery. The bill provides that any person who engages in human trafficking is subject to the provisions of the Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and provides for forfeiture of a trafficker's property used in, and proceeds gained from, trafficking. The bill also creates an affirmative defense to criminal activity engaged in by a victim of trafficking. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090848492
01/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2009Impact statement from VCSC (HB2016)
01/20/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/06/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/06/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Committee substitute printed 090940492-H1
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090940492-H1
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2016H1
02/10/2009Impact statement from VCSC (HB2016H1)
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2016H1)
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Committee substitute printed 090949492-S1
02/24/2009Impact statement from VCSC (HB2016S1)
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090949492-S1
02/25/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2016S1
02/25/2009Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (3-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Senate substitute rejected by House (3-Y 94-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- REJECTED (3-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2009House acceded to request
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2009Delegates: Ebbin, Albo, Bell
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2009Senators: Edwards, Quayle, Deeds
02/27/2009Conference substitute printed 091560492-H2
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/28/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2016ER)
03/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2016ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 662 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0662)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.


CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This is a VACOLAO legislative priority. VACOLAO supports this bill. This bill establishes for the first time a specific criminal statute outlawing human trafficking. Currently, trafficking is dealt with in the code through extortion laws.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Virginia Interfaith Center supports this bill.

Nonprofit NoVA, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes: