The California Legislature recently passed two great anti-human trafficking bills that are now awaiting Governor Brown’s signature in order to become law! Your help is vital to ensuring that they do!
Here are the bills:
AB90 - Human Trafficking - Minors
This bill would expand the definition of criminal profiteering activity established by the California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act to include a crime where the perpetrator “induces, encourages, or persuades a person under 18 years of age to engage in a commercial sex act.” The bill will make it easier for prosecutors to target those who traffic children for commercial sexual exploitation.
SB 861 - Conflict Minerals
Landmark piece of legislation that will prohibit companies that have failed to comply with disclosure requirements under the Securities Exchange Act for conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo from bidding on California state contracts for goods or services. Such workers are often subjected to labor trafficking.
Human trafficking is a brutal crime that lurks in the shadows and thrives on secrecy and isolation of victims. Victims of human trafficking face horrific lives in which they are threatened, beaten, raped, starved, imprisoned or psychologically manipulated - all for the financial profit of human traffickers. This crime is far more common in California than you may think. Removing the requirement of having to prove force, fraud, or coercion in trafficking cases with minor victims is crucial to successfully prosecute more child traffickers in California.
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