New law could give sex trafficking victims more legal options

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VIRGINIA (WVEC) -- A new bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly could give victims of sex trafficking a new voice. Under current law, victims only have two years to take their traffickers to state court in a civil suit for punitive damages. This new bill would extend that time to seven years.

The Virginia Beach Justice Initiative works with victims of sex trafficking. The group’s director says two years is just not enough time to recover from such trauma.

“Sometimes it is really hard to wrap your mind around that behavior, but that is what these women and men are exposed to,” said Patrick McKenna.

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