Senator Roth Introduces Legislation to Protect Children from Human Trafficking

February 12, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced legislation that assists parents in the fight against human trafficking. SB 1104 will require school districts to work with their middle and high schools to identify the most appropriate ways of sharing human trafficking prevention resources with parents and guardians.

“Human trafficking is insidious. Oftentimes, perpetrators groom a victim by isolating the child from loved ones and instilling in that child a fear of law enforcement. To help officers fight this deplorable practice, parents, guardians and teachers must be given the information needed to recognize when human trafficking is happening in their community,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “Ensuring that all parents and guardians have information on trafficking warning signs provides just one more tool in a critically needed toolbox.”

In a recent statewide human trafficking sting called Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, 56 people – including 11 girls – were rescued. The crackdown led to the arrest of more than 500 people, nine of those suspects were arrested in part by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task.

Senator Roth continued: “Human trafficking threatens every community. We must do everything in our power to help families stay safe by arming them with knowledge that keeps children from falling prey to traffickers.”

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Senator Richard D. Roth represents the 31st State Senate District, which includes the communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, March Air Reserve Base, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris and Riverside. Prior to his election, he served for 32 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2007 in the grade of Major General.