Grove announces legislation to go after Human Traffickers

Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) SACRAMENTO -

Senator Shannon Grove has partnered with Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer to announce critical legislation to protect victims of sex and human trafficking crimes. Currently, human trafficking is not defined as a serious or violent felony under California law. Senate Bill 1042 would add human trafficking to those lists, which would make the crime a strike under the Three Strikes law.

Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), Cynthia Zimmer, Kern County District Attorney and members of the Bakersfield Police Department announced important legislation targeting criminals convicted of human trafficking. Friday, March 4, 2021

SUMMARY

SB 1042 will include human trafficking in the lists of crimes that are defined as serious and violent under California law, making the crime a strike under the Three Strikes law. SB 1042 will help strengthen protections for the millions of victims of sex and labor trafficking.

PROBLEM

Currently human trafficking is defined as a non-serious and non-violent crime. So, the act of human trafficking cannot be considered a strike under California’s Three Strikes law.

California consistently ranks number one in the nation in the number of human trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The California Attorney General notes that California is one of the largest sites for human trafficking in the United States, recognizes the serious nature of this crime, and has defined it as “modern day slavery.” “Human trafficking is among the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises and is estimated to be a $150 billion-a-year global industry. It is a form of modern day slavery that profits from the exploitation of our most vulnerable populations.”

EXISTING LAW

The Penal Code defines the crimes that are considered serious and violent under California law. Penal Code section 1192.7(c) lists the 42 crimes that are defined as serious crimes under California law. Penal Code section 667.5(c) lists the 23 crimes that are defined as violent under California law. Both serious and violent crimes are considered strikes under California law. Existing California law defines human trafficking as a non-serious and non-violent crime.

SOLUTION

SB 1042 amends the Penal Code to add human trafficking to the list of both serious and violent crimes under California law. SB 1042 also classifies human trafficking as a strike offense and makes those convicted of this crime subject to the same penalties that apply to all serious and violent crimes. It is about time that California starts to prosecute these horrendous acts as serious and violent crimes.

For the public to sign and support: https://www.sb1042.news/support

Story First Published: 2022-03-11