West Virginia

In West Virginia, three new criminal human trafficking cases were filed in federal courts in 2021. Four defendants were convicted. 100 percent (4) of new defendants were charged with sex trafficking, and zero percent (0) were charged with forced labor. Four defendants were excluded from resitution calculations because there were no identified victims in their cases, thus West Virginia federal courts ordered zero convicted criminal human trafficking defendants to pay restitution in 2021. Federal courts have never ordered a convicted West Virginia human trafficking defendant 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.