The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

May 6, 2013

Human trafficking laws being updated

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is updating its recent law targeting human trafficking.

Legislation passed this session allows for victims to file lawsuits as well as claims with the state’s special compensation fund for crime victims.

Victims can also petition to have their records cleared of prostitution convictions through the measure. The legislation clarifies language addressing forced prostitution as well.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin approved the bill last week. He held a ceremonial signing Monday at the state Capitol. The governor was joined by legislators, victims’ advocates and law enforcement.

West Virginia was one of two states that did not criminalize human trafficking before it enacted its law last year.

Text Only
State News
Helium debate
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter