Results Update from April 2014’s Sex Trafficking Symposium:
Four Key Legislative Bills Pass to Further Support Victims and Prosecute Perpetrators
The YWCA Greater Los Angeles hosted a groundbreaking Domestic Human Sex Trafficking symposium in April 2014. Beyond a conversation, attendees were encouraged to be part of the solution and act against this atrocity.
During the event, specific pieces of proposed legislation were introduced. The YWCA Greater Los Angeles is pleased to announce the positive results of the following:
• SB 1165, enrolled and presented to the Governor on August 25, 2014. This bill amends the California Education Code to add sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention to the comprehensive sexual health education and require that sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education be included in the Health Framework for California Public Schools.
• SB 955, enrolled and presented to the Governor on August 28, 2014. This bill amends California’s wiretap statute (Penal Code Section 629.52(a)) to authorize a court to issue a wiretap order to human trafficking organizations and extends the sunset of California’s wiretap statute to 2020.
• SB 1388, enrolled and presented to the Governor on August 28, 2014. This bill establishes minimum fines and penalties to the buyer, distinguish the buyers from the sellers, require offenders to participate in a sex buyer program and direct fines to fund exit programs for the exploited
• HR 5081, unanimously passed by the House of Representatives on July 25, 2014. The “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014” legislation, authored by Congressmember Karen Bass, will help connect child victims of trafficking to appropriate services and prevent further exploitation. The YWCA Greater Los Angeles strongly supports HR 5081 which is a vital piece in the fight against domestic sex trafficking. We urge the Senate to also act quickly to pass this important legislation.