Oct 4, 2013
The Office of Governor Bob McDonnell issues an executive directive calling for the creation of an Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinating Committee to expand Virginia’s fight against human trafficking.
The Coordinating Committee’s role will be to be to follow-up on recommendations put forward by an informal workgroup and to develop new recommendations and strategies for strengthening the state’s response to human trafficking.
McDonnell made the announcement on Friday at the first-ever Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking in Richmond. The summit was attended by more than 200 people representing government agencies, law enforcement and prosecution, victim service programs, social service and mental health agencies and schools. Advocacy groups and other private nonprofit organizations were also represented.
Speaking at the summit, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. This horrible crime generates billions of dollars in profits by victimizing people through control and exploitation. We have worked over the last three years to strengthen Virginia’s laws against human trafficking, but there is more to be done to combat this growing crime.”
McDonnell also said that he will consider including in the upcoming budget funding for a pilot programs designed to reduce prostitution and provide services for the female victims of trafficking who are coerced into the crime.