Friday, April 26, 2013
The town hall meeting will take place Friday, May 3, in Fairfax County.
State delegates Tim Hugo, Barbara Comstock, will host a town hall meeting on May 3 with U.S. Rep Frank Wolf and a panel of local experts, federal and state officials. The event aims to educate the community about human sex trafficking in Virginia, how the commonwealth is cracking down on this crime and how Virginians can increase awareness of the threat posed in the area. The Human Trafficking Forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, Community Hall, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Hosts also include the Richmond Justice Initiative. Panelists are Comstock, Courtney Gaskins with Youth For Tomorrow, Hugo, Sara Pomeroy with the Richmond Justice Initiative, Wolf, Fairfax County police detective Bill …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Del. Tim Hugo (R-40th) is sponsor of one of four human trafficking bills that have gathered bipartisan support early in the General Assembly’s 2013 session.
Tuesday, January 15
By Mark Robinson Capital News Service RICHMOND – Legislation to curtail human trafficking in Virginia has gathered bipartisan support early in the General Assembly’s 2013 session. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli called the offense one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the country. He said Tuesday that Virginia was feeling the effect. “Traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of children and adults – taking victims by threat, force, or coercion to exploit them for forced labor or sexual servitude. And it is happening right here in our commonwealth,” Cuccinelli said at a press conference. Additionally, Cuccinelli announced a series of two-day training sessions for law enforcement and prosecutors across the state …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Application for $285,000 would pay for a human trafficking specialist and overtime for task force officers.
The Fairfax County Police Department could be getting a full-time detective whose sole focus is combating human trafficking in the area. During its Tuesday, May 22 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized the police department to apply for grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. Fairfax and Prince William counties would split a $500,000 grant, financing a position for a specialist in human trafficking crimes. The money would also provide overtime pay for detectives currently assigned to the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Approximately $285,000 of the grant would go to Fairfax County. But the police department will be submitting its grant application nearly two months after the March 29 …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Representative says the feds aren't doing enough to enforce trafficking laws locally.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va., 10th district) is pushing for more federal enforcement of trafficking laws and has asked the Polaris Project, a group that works against human trafficking, to investigate massage parlors in Northern Virginia. Many of the massage parlors in Northern Virginia are offering services that go beyond what's legal, and many of the victims are Korean women, who are tricked into a life of virtual slavery, The Washington Post's Tom Jackman reports. Several of these parlors appear to be in the Sully District. "I am very disappointed that nearly two years after your human trafficking working group was set up, there has been so little progress, and frankly, I question the commitment to this effort," Wolf wrote in a letter to U.…