Governor Brown Signs Legislation that Bolsters Fight Against Human Trafficking

September 28, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Human trafficking has become proliferate across the country, with California leading the way – California is No.1 nationwide in most trafficking per capita. But state leaders are fighting back. Among the pieces of legislation signed by Governor Brown that seek to combat this insidious crime is SB 1104 – authored by Senator Richard D. Roth. In 2020, SB 1104 will take effect requiring schools to provide human trafficking prevention resources to parents and guardians.

“The biggest challenge in this crucial fight against human trafficking is the clandestine nature of the crime and the stigma tied to being exploited,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “Victims are forced to remain silent, oftentimes choosing to remain silent even after being freed. That is why it is imperative for us to ensure we empower others to have a voice. Parents and guardians know their children; they are keen observers able to identify any sudden changes in their child’s behavior.”

Human trafficking affects families from all walks of life and, unfortunately, many parents have limited understanding of the issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation and how it could appear within a family. SB 1104 ensures that school districts and charter schools provide parents and guardians of children in grades 6 to 12 important information and resources to identify signs that their child is being groomed for trafficking.

Senator Roth continued: “Laws are still catching up to the crime. If parents and guardians continue to remain relatively ignorant about the reality of modern slavery, how can we truly say we are doing everything in our power to protect California’s youth? With Governor Brown’s signature on this life-saving piece of legislation, we take a critical next step: bringing parents into the fight.”

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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.