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Current Data on Human Trafficking in Virginia

It is difficult to estimate the number of cases involving human trafficking in Virginia since many cases probably go unreported and there are a plethora of charges that fall under human trafficking, such as prostitution, extortion, receiving money for procuring a person, cruelty and injuries to children and abduction.

The Polaris Project tracks the number of phone calls the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline receives, but it is important to note that this is not a completely accurate way of tracking human trafficking because any citizen can call the hotline for information, and not all victims call the hotline. Continue reading


Professor Specializes in Human Trafficking Studies

Professor Monti Datta started researching and analyzing human trafficking data in Sept. 2011. He has been interested in the issue ever since he lived in Japan and South Korea more than a decade ago.

Professor Monti Datta started researching and analyzing human trafficking data in Sept. 2011. He has been interested in the issue ever since he lived in Japan and South Korea more than a decade ago.

Monti Datta, a political science professor at the University of Richmond, has become an expert on analyzing human trafficking data and research studies. He also teaches a course at the university called “Human Rights and Modern-Day Slavery.

Datta has been teaching at the University of Richmond since August 2009. He didn’t start studying human trafficking until two years later in Sept. 2011. His interest in human trafficking first sparked several years prior, while he lived in Asia. Continue reading


Human Trafficking Resources

If you know of or suspect a case of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or your local police department.
This page is dedicated for human trafficking resources and will be revised as more resources are discovered.

 Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Groups

Richmond Justice Initiative: “RJI is a non-profit, faith based organization whose mission is to educate, equip and mobilize communities with the tools needed to be a force in the global movement to end human trafficking.” (see profile)

The Gray Haven Project: “The Gray Haven’s mission is to provide hope and restoration to victims of human trafficking in Virginia. The Gray Haven opened Virginia’s first drop-in center to serve as a safe place for human trafficking victims.” Continue reading


Richmond Justice Initiative Helps Fight Human Trafficking

Alicia Cundiff works as a lobbyist in the General Assembly for the Richmond Justice Initiative. She helps lawmakers draft anti-human trafficking bills.

Alicia Cundiff works as a lobbyist in the General Assembly for the Richmond Justice Initiative. She helps lawmakers draft anti-human trafficking bills.

By Shelby Mertens, Virginia Free Citizen

29.8 million people worldwide live in modern slavery, the highest number ever recorded in history, according to the Global Slavery Index in 2013. While many may think human trafficking only exists in far off places in Asia or the Middle East, in reality, men, women and children are forced into trafficking within our borders every day, even in Virginia.

The Richmond Justice Initiative is a non-profit, faith-based organization whose mission is to advocate, educate and raise awareness to fight human trafficking in Virginia. Sara Pomeroy started RJI in 2009 after learning about the issue. Continue reading


Human Trade for Profit in Virginia

This is the first in our series on human trafficking in Virginia

Modern-day slavery occurs throughout Virginia, the nation and the world. Various advocacy groups are combating human trafficking by raising public awareness of the issue, offering prevention education and helping victims and survivors.

Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world.  Today, there are an estimated 29.8 million people living in slavery worldwide, which is the highest number of recorded slaves in history. Continue reading