Trafficking in persons; penalties. (SB373)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Trafficking in persons; penalties. Creates new felonies for trafficking in persons for forced labor or sexual servitude and adds the new felonies as a predicate criminal act under the criminal gang statute, as racketeering crimes, and to the functions of a multijurisdiction grand jury, and also allows seizure and forfeiture of property used in committing such felonies. The new felonies and the existing felony of receiving money for procuring a person are added to the rape shield statute. The bill also makes sexual servitude an affirmative defense to the crime of prostitution and allows a petition for a child in need of services to be substituted for a delinquency petition for certain minors arrested for prostitution, disallows the release of certain victim information, specifies law-enforcement protocol for victims who may not be legally present, requires persons convicted of the new felonies to pay restitution that compensates for the victim's labor, and creates a civil action for trafficked persons. The Secretary of Public Safety is required to convene an anti-trafficking committee and the Virginia Human Trafficking Victim Fund is created, which will be administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102823D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB373)
01/22/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB373)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB373)
01/27/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14104498D-S1
01/27/2014Rereferred to Finance
01/28/2014Incorporates SB453
01/29/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB373S1)
02/04/2014Reported from Finance with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2014Committee substitute printed 14104694D-S2
02/05/2014Incorporates SB453
02/05/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB373S2)
02/05/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2014Committee substitute rejected 14104498D-S1
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104694D-S2
02/06/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB373S2
02/07/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB373S2)
02/12/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/14/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/04/2014Left in Courts of Justice