West Virginia

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Statute

WV St § 61-14-9

In West Virginia, a survivor of trafficking can petition to vacate prostitution convictions and expunge the accompanying records. Although West Virginia relief is limited to prostitution offenses, the law makes clear that a survivor seeking relief “is not required to complete any type of rehabilitation in order to obtain expungement.” The general time restrictions and criminal history limitations for expungement don’t apply to survivors of human trafficking seeking to vacate convictions.

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