April 13, 2018
Human Trafficking involving sex crimes is an epidemic quickly sweeping the nation. Human Sex Traffickers (aka: "Pimps") use force, fear and coercive threats to force victims into the sex trade while essentially holding them hostage. Shockingly, such conduct is not recognized in California as a violent felony. Human Sex Trafficking victims are violently abused every day, unable to escape their surroundings and afraid to reach out to law enforcement. Convicted Human Sex Traffickers still attempt to control their victims while in prison, knowing they are eligible for early release and half time credits.
This is why the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office is sponsoring, and Assemblymen Kevin Kiley is carrying, Assembly Bill 2356, legislation to make Human Trafficking involving sex crimes a violent felony under California Penal Code Section 667.5(c). This much needed change in the law will help prevent early release and lenient treatment of repeat Human Sex Trafficking offenders.
Special Victims Unit Team Lead Lisette Suder recently spoke
at the Public Safety Committee Hearing for the bill where it passed with a 6-1
vote. Please join our efforts to help
victims of human trafficking by contacting your local congressman expressing
your support for this proposed change in the law.