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Human trafficking

Sometimes a tragedy doesn’t “strike” but is simply the result of the evil men do. Human trafficking is one dreadful example.

Human trafficking is a scourge on the world—but it only persists because of places like California. The victims of human trafficking, preyed upon overseas, are sent to America for use as prostitutes and in the drug trade.

  • More than 27 million people are enslaved around the world in human trafficking, producing $32 billion in vile profits annually for traffickers.
  • The international sex trade, based in Southeast Asia, enslaves girls as young as 12 to use as prostitutes. Billions in drug money also flow from these areas.
  • More than 16,000 people in America are slaves under human trafficking.

All that money and all those children it buys are in major cities worldwide, including in the United States. We can help them.

In California, we can help end human trafficking—which is nothing less, and often much more, than modern-day slavery. How can we, in our state, help them?

  • Enforce domestically the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. It gives teeth to police and other groups fighting human trafficking in our state.
  • Participate in wider efforts—investigation, interdiction—involving air and sea travel, our ports and immigration to suppress and punish human trafficking.
  • Use the “bully pulpit” of leadership to oppose human slavery and help people trapped by it, communicating our efforts and pledging our support for victims.

Local officials can condemn human trafficking, step-up law enforcement in our cities and increase financial and judicial penalties for participating in such heinous crimes.

We can stop them as they come in, prosecute them as they break laws here, help the victims and work more closely with local groups that see this crime every day.

We can offer the victims of human trafficking a better future, and a better life.