As the 2013 election cycle continues to heat up, one candidate for Attorney General has released his plan to combat an important issue that threatens the safety of young women and children across the Commonwealth: Human Trafficking. Republican Mark Obenshain (Harrisonburg) released his agenda to combat human trafficking, as part of his “Safe Communities Agenda,” and it has received the endorsements of Rep. Frank Wolf, who has long been outspoken on human rights issues, as well as working to prevent human trafficking at the federal level.
Obenshain’s agenda includes making human trafficking a primary offense and a felony in Virginia, listing those who are caught having commercial sex with a minor on the sex offender registry, and working to implement training to help identify victims of human trafficking.
Obenshain said, in a statement:
“Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise, stealing children and forcing them into a life of slavery and prostitution. As Attorney General, I will fight to keep our children safe and crack down on those involved in this heinous trade in human life. I will work to equip investigators and prosecutors with new tools to identify and prosecute traffickers, and to provide justice and a chance at a new life for victims of this terrible crime.”
With a strong agenda to protect Virginians from criminal acts, Obenshain is poised and ready to be the next Attorney General.