In Virginia, four new criminal human trafficking cases were filed in federal courts in 2021. Two defendants were convicted. 100 percent (5) of new defendants were charged with sex trafficking, and 0 percent (0) were charged with forced labor. Virginia federal courts ordered one of two convicted human trafficking defendants to pay restitution to their victim(s) in 2021. This is a decrease from 2020 when six of six convicted Virginia human trafficking defendants were ordered to pay restitution.

*Each State Report’s findings are derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Findings are not a prevalence
estimate of trafficking in the state but instead serve as an objective summary of federal efforts to address human trafficking in that state. The Report does not capture
data from state prosecutions, federal or state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.