BRIEF: California Passes Legislation in an Effort to Further Protect Human Trafficking Victims

From Impunity Watch:

SACRAMENTO, United States – California’s legislators have passed two bills, AB 2810 and AB 499, in furtherance of its pledge to take action against human trafficking.  Governor Schwarzenegger said that AB 2810 and AB 499 expand “victim rights, provide further protections and develop training for law enforcement to better assist victims” of human trafficking crimes. 

AB 2810 ensures that a victim of human trafficking, upon request, will have his or her name removed from any public record regarding the trafficking.  In addition, AB 2810 requires law enforcement officials to use “due diligence in identifying human trafficking victims regardless of citizenship status.” 

AB 499 creates a “pilot project” in Alameda County to develop a “comprehensive model to address the needs and effective treatment of sexually exploited minors.”  A focal point of the project is to “divert minors accused of soliciting an act of prostitution into supervised counseling and treatment programs.” 

Gov. Schwarzenegger has requested greater cooperation between U.S.-Mexico Border States in order to stop human trafficking crimes. 

For more information, please see:

Imperial Valley News – California Legislation to Further Protect Victims of Human Trafficking – 27 September 2008

San Francisco Chronicle – Calif. laws take aim at reducing human trafficking – 27 September 2008

2 Responses

  1. This doesn’t decriminalize the under 18’s.
    The under 18’s will still be arrested for prostitution,
    but now they make the arrester, the police the outreach worker with the power to decided the fate of the
    the offender who’s becomes a victim if the police/outreach worker decides so,
    This isn’t good legislation at all.
    So now they can arrest people for what ever and mandate them into ‘services’ without having to acknowledge they’ve been arrested or that they have been stripped, as a class, of their constitution right to due process?
    This is just another way the police and the haters of prostitution get to hide what it is they are doing.
    They basically passed this law to get the ‘findings’ in a position that can now be used as president that will all have to work to challenge.

  2. What a surprise, Maxine Doogan doesn’t like trafficking laws. After all, these laws interfere with Maxine’s right to pimp people out, right?

    When Prop K passes in San Francisco, Doogan and all the other people who fancy themselves 21st Century pimps will be completely overrun by the old fashioned, organized gang brand of violent and territorial pimps. You girls don’t have a chance against MS13.

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