FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/12/2020
CONTACT: Denver Supinger, 703-996-9415
Del. Delaney continues her commitment to end human trafficking in Virginia
(RICHMOND, VA) - Delegate Karrie Delaney (D-67) successfully championed HB 1524, a bill that would combat a little-understood and pervasive method of human trafficking in Virginia. HB 1524 is a recommendation of the Crime Commission after extensive study of the problem of human trafficking in Virginia and aims to end the illicit massage industry in Virginia and put traffickers that run those establishments behind bars.
“Human trafficking is pervasive and happening in our own backyards - no community has remained untouched from this horrific crime,” said Del. Delaney. “This is a simple but necessary step to disrupt demand for illicit massages and provide law enforcement with the recourse they need to investigate and incarcerate perpetrators of human trafficking across Virginia. I urge the Senate to stand up for survivors by passing this important bill.”
Nationally, the illicit massage industry brings in $3 billion annually and has 30-35,000 victims involved. In Virginia, there are over 300 illicit massage businesses, and research has suggested that at least 85 of those are in Northern Virginia. Most of the individuals who work in them are victims of human trafficking and sex slavery who have not had access to justice in the past.