Child abuse and neglect report or complaint; victims of sex trafficking; taking child victim into custody.
Purpose of legislation
Requires a local department of social services to conduct a sex trafficking assessment upon receiving a complaint of suspected child abuse that is based upon information and allegations that a child is a victim of sex trafficking, provided that the local department has not determined that a separate investigation or family assessment is required. The bill also allows a child-protective services worker of a local department responding to such complaint to take the child victim into custody and allows the local department to maintain custody of the child for up to 72 hours without prior approval of a parent or guardian. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission.
|Legislation mandating a change||Chap 98 (2019)|
|VAC chapters to be amended|
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