WASHINGTON D.C. – Nearly two thousand cases of human trafficking saw a courtroom in the United States last year. Virginia is one of the most aggressive states when it comes to prosecuting this offense according to a new report by the Human Trafficking Institute.
The report is the first of its kind and the first snapshot given of the number of federal human trafficking cases across the country and the commonwealth over the past decade.
The new report shows which states are most actively combating human trafficking crimes and how the commonwealth measures up.
The report provides an account of all the criminal and civil human trafficking cases handled by federal courts during 2017.
A team of 12 attorneys and 8 law school students reviewed every human trafficking case in the federal court system in 2017.
In addition, court documents, press releases, and news sources were used to gather a comprehensive set of data to include type of trafficking case, business model, age of the victim, and district where the case took place, among others.
Out of all states and U.S. territories, Virginia ranks 6th for the most human trafficking cases on federal court dockets.