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Lawmakers Try To Address Human Trafficking In Virginia

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Some experts believe human trafficking may be the motive behind a number of high-profile, missing persons cases. Northern Virginia Del. Adam Ebbin says areas with high immigrant populations have the most human trafficking cases, but the statistics go beyond that.

"There are as many as 200,000 young girls and young boys, who are runaways, brought into prostitution or just taken from their homes into trafficking situations," he says.

Ebbin sponsored legislation that is now headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell. It develops a state service plan to enable victims to apply for federal and state benefits, such as physical and mental health care, language and job training, housing assistance and funding for organizations that help victims.

Ebbin says the next step will be legislation to address catching and punishing human traffickers.

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