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ANNOUNCER: FROM THE STATION ON

YOUR SIDE, YOU ARE WATCHING WAVY

NEWS 10 AT 6:00.

TOM: VIRGINIA IS ONE OF ONLY SIX

STATES WITH NOBODY

COLLECTING

RECORDS OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING.

ANITA: AT MAKES IT HARD FOR

SURVIVORS TO REBUILD THEIR

LIVES, BUT A BILL IN THE GENERAL

ASSEMBLY WOULD PROVIDE

SIGNIFICANT HELP.

REPORTER: THIS BILL ALLOWS

CONFIRMED VICTIMS OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING TO HAVE CHARGES LIKE

PROSTITUTION WIPED AWAY FROM THE

CRIMINAL RECORDS.

SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL STARTED

OUT VERY OPTIMISTIC, BUT NOW A

BATTLE TO GET IT PASSED.

VIRGINIA IS WAY BEHIND THE CURVE

WHEN IT COMES TO EXPUNGEMENT

RELIEF FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

VICTIMS, AND IT IS NOT BECAUSE

THE PROBLEM DOESN'T EXIST IN THE

COMMONWEALTH.

VIRGINIA IS 15TH IN THE

GNASHING -- IN THE NATION FOR

REPORTED CASES OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING.

REPORTER: IN HAMPTON ROADS

ALONE, ONE HUNDRED NEW VICTIMS

IDENTIFIED LAST YEAR.

TIFFANY MCGEE DEFINITE AIDED 15

YEARS OF THEIR LIFE TO THE

PROBLEM.

WE ARE NOT FARING WELL

IN

TERMS OF COMPARISON.

REPORTER: TIFFANY FOUNDED A

NONPROFIT, SURVIVOR VENTURES.

IT HELPS VICTIMS GET BACK ON

THEIR FEET.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST BARRIERS,

CRIMINAL RECORDS.

A LOT OF US DON'T UNDERSTAND

SURVIVORS HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS,

THEY DON'T REALIZE SURVIVORS ARE

ARRESTED FOR THEIR ROLE AS A

VICTIM.

REPORTER: LAST FALL MCGEE

REACHED OUT TO WIN AN ATTORNEY,

-- TO AN ATTORNEY, AND

EXPUNGEMENT EXPERT.

I WAS

SURPRISED VIRGINIA

DIDN'T HAVE ANY KIND OF RELIEF

FOR EXPUNGEMENT'S.

CALIFORNIA HAS HAD RELIEF IN

GENERAL SINCE

SINCE THE 1960'S.

REPORTER: MCGEE DECIDED IT WAS

TIME FOR CHANGE.

TO ME IT IS A MATTER OF

FAIRNESS, AND HELPING TO GIVE

VICTIMS THEIR LIVES BACK.

REPORTER: SENATOR MIMI LOCKE IS

A PATRON FOR THE BILL IN THE

SENATE.

BECAUSE I AM VERY INTERESTED

IN WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO

HAVE GOTTEN A ROTTEN DEAL.

REPORTER: SIMILAR BILLS HAVE

GONE BEFORE THE GENERAL

ASSEMBLY.

EACH FAILED, BUT HOUSE BILL TWO

68 APPEARS TO HAVE A CHANCE.

IS AN ISSUE WHOSE TIME HAS

COME AND FRANKLY, I WOULD

SUGGEST IT HAS TAKEN ENTIRELY

TOO LONG TO GET TO THIS IN

VIRGINIA.

REPORTER: IT WILL NOT TAKE

LONGER THAN SUPPORTERS HOPED.

A FEW DAYS AGO, LEGISLATORS

DECIDED TO SEND THE BILL WITH A

GROUP OF OTHER EXPUNGEMENT BILLS

INTO A YEAR-LONG STUDY BY THE

CRIME COMMISSION.

I'M NOT SURPRISED.

THE CRIME COMMISSION IS WHERE WE

SEND MORE COMPLICATED CRIMINAL

BILLS FOR EVALUATION.

I AM IN COURAGE.

THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WE HAVE

GOTTEN AND EXPUNGEMENT BUILD NOT

ONLY DOWN THE ROAD, BUT HEADED

TOWARD PASSAGE.

REPORTER: CHANGING LAWS

TAKES

TIME, TIME SOME VICTIMS MAY NOT

HAVE.

I'M FRUSTRATED.

THESE WOMEN NEED HELP TODAY,

DON'T NEED HELP A YEAR FROM NOW.

LIFE

EXPECTANCY FOR SURVIVORS

OF TRAFFICKING IS SEVEN YEARS.

REPORTER: MANY SURVIVORS ARE

CLOSE TO THE SEVEN-YOUR MARKET

AND THERE IS A CHANCE WITHOUT

CHANGE, THEY MIGHT NOT MAKE IT

TO SEE THE BILL PASSED A YEAR

FROM NOW.

AND ALL HOPE FOR THIS BILL IS

NOT LOST.

THEY SAID THERE IS A WAY TO GET

IT THROUGH, BUT YOU NEED TO

CONTACT STATE DELEGATES AND

SENATORS.

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