SMITHFIELD, Va. (WVEC) -- Students at Smithfield High School are tackling human trafficking head-on.
They're trying to create a bill to help trafficking victims rejoin society after they are freed.
U.S. Government students are focusing on the topic of human trafficking extensively and spreading awareness.
They're working a bill that would help victims who have a proven timetable of being trafficked to have the related felonies expunged without having to endure a long, drawn out, embarrassing investigation.
They're naming it 'Monica's Law', named after Monica Charleston.
Charleston was trafficked as a teen for eight years up and down the East coast.
When Charleston went to get her expungement in New York they forced her to endure a brutal set of invasive questions for each of her 173 felony prostitution convictions.
After being systematically raped for years, the legal system basically raped her again to ascertain her innocence due to being trafficked.
“There is a life after this and this is just the beginning,” Charleston says. “These students are educating themselves and now they're educating legislation.”
Congressman Bobby Scott paid the class a visit Friday morning and listened to their proposals. He told the students what it would take to get a bill like this presented on the floor of the House of Representatives.
“They not only talked about the problem but have come up with suggestions, legislation and other ways of dealing with the problem,” Scott says.
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