Commercial sex trafficking; penalties. (SB1188)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex trafficking; penalties. Creates new felonies for trafficking of persons for commercial sexual activity. The bill provides that any person who recruits, transports, harbors, receives, provides, obtains, isolates, maintains, patronizes, solicits, or entices a minor to engage in commercial sexual activity is guilty of a Class 2 felony, the punishment for which includes a mandatory minimum sentence that is based on the age of the minor. The bill also provides that any person who engages in the same conduct with any other person knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that coercion or fraud will be used to cause such person to engage in commercial sexual activity is guilty of a Class 2 felony. Finally, the bill provides that any person who receives money or its equivalent that he knows or has reason to know was derived from the trafficking of persons for commercial sexual activity is guilty of a Class 3 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103242D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1188)
01/28/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2015Committee substitute printed 15104508D-S1
01/28/2015Rereferred to Finance
01/30/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1188S1)
02/03/2015Committee substitute printed 15104579D-S2
02/03/2015Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Incorporates SB710
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time
02/05/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2015Committee substitute rejected 15104508D-S1
02/05/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104579D-S2
02/05/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1188S2
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1188S2)
02/09/2015Placed on Calendar
02/09/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2015Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/11/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1188S2)
02/11/2015Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Committee substitute printed 15105039D-H1
02/11/2015Incorporates SB710
02/12/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1188H1)
02/12/2015Read second time
02/13/2015Read third time
02/13/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105039D-H1
02/13/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1188H1
02/13/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/13/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015House insisted on substitute
02/18/2015House requested conference committee
02/20/2015Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/20/2015Senators: Obenshain, Howell, McDougle
02/23/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2015Delegates: Hugo, Bell, Robert B., Watts
02/26/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/26/2015Conference substitute printed 15105552D-S3
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1188S3)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1188ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1188ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1188ER)
03/27/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 691 (effective 7/1/15)
03/27/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0691)


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 1 minute.


Debra Lopez writes:

I'm very happy about Every One doing the jobs on passing bills targeting sex trafficking. As a victim for 22th years i have seen the different during the 8 years seeing changes that needed to be change against sex trafficking and human trafficking. I thank Sen Mark Obenshain to creating New laws that needs to be change against human trafficking sex trafficking. In between me and my organization against human trafficking name Angels In The Field Rescue, Thank you so much for doing the Job you do together with other organization. I Debra Lopez would like to thank personally Mark Obenshain,R-Harrisonburg be able to see you in person and thank you for fighting not only for me but for the victims i left behind. This for me is important. you can contact me at 360 463 7912. my email is [email protected]