Under Cuccinelli’s leadership, the Virginia Attorney General’s office has become a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, a heinous crime that forces young women and girls into deplorable servitude. Cuccinelli’s office, for the first time, devoted full-time staff to human trafficking prosecution.
Yesterday, one of Ken Cuccinelli’s assistant attorneys general received an award for his work in breaking up a child sex trafficking ring in Northern Virginia last year that targeted high school girls and forced them into prostitution.
Marc Birnbaum was recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to break up the sex trafficking ring.
In addition to its work fighting human trafficking, the Attorney General’s office has had significant success convicting criminals, including Internet child predators and child pornographers, who prey on Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens. Over the last two years, his office has convicted more child predators than any previous two-year period in the office’s history.
Member of Va AG’s office recognized
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A state assistant attorney general is being recognized for his role in helping break up a Northern Virginia child sex trafficking ring last year.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office says Marc Birnbaum was recognized at an annual National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ceremony in Washington on Wednesday.
The group this week recognized law enforcement teams involved in five child abduction or child sexual exploitation cases from across the country.
The ceremony occurs each May in honor of National Missing Children’s Day on May 25.
Officials say Birnbaum prosecuted five Fairfax County gang members who had recruited and forced local high school girls into prostitution.
The gang members were convicted and sentenced to between 120 and 480 months in prison.