Human trafficking offenses; Va. Code Commission to amend catchline to a code to reflect proper term. (HB994)

Introduced By

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Human trafficking; penalties. Creates new felonies for trafficking in persons for forced labor or sexual servitude.  The bill adds definitions of coercion, commercial sexual activity, debt bondage, and serious harm.  Read the Bill »


02/17/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103411D
01/08/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB994)
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104578D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read first time
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104578D-H1
02/06/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB994H1
02/07/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB994H1)
02/17/2014Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill and will share any concerns.