Bill Text: CA SR11 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Relative to Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-4)

Status: (Passed) 2019-01-28 - Read. Adopted. (Ayes 34. Noes 0. Page 112.) [SR11 Detail]

Download: California-2019-SR11-Enrolled.html

Enrolled  January 29, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  January 28, 2019


Senate Resolution No. 11

Introduced by Senators Leyva, Atkins, Bates, Caballero, Chang, Durazo, Galgiani, Grove, Hurtado, Jackson, Mitchell, Nielsen, Rubio, and Skinner

January 15, 2019

Relative to Human Trafficking Awareness Month.


SR 11, Leyva.

WHEREAS, Beginning in 2010, each January has been designated by presidential proclamation to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month; and
WHEREAS, The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally; and
WHEREAS, Eighty-one percent of human trafficking victims are trapped in forced labor, 25 percent are children, and 75 percent are women and girls; and
WHEREAS, The ILO estimates that forced labor and human trafficking are a $150-billion-a-year industry worldwide. Nine billion dollars of that are estimated to be in agriculture, including forestry and fishing; and
WHEREAS, In 2017, an estimated one out of every seven endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely to be child sex trafficking victims. Of those, 88 percent were in the care of social services or the foster system when they ran away; and
WHEREAS, Women and children who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as tuberculosis and permanent damage to the reproductive system; and
WHEREAS, California has one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the nation. It is a top destination for traffickers because of its major harbors, airports, coastlines, international borders, economy, and immigrant population; and
WHEREAS, In 2017, California, Texas, and Florida received the highest numbers of reported cases of human trafficking, at 1,305, 792, and 604 cases, respectively, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline; and
WHEREAS, More than 49,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the last 10 years, with the hotline receiving more than 150 calls per day; and
WHEREAS, There were 26,557 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2017. Of those calls, 3,998 were from California, which was the highest of any state; and
WHEREAS, The number of cases of human trafficking reported to the Polaris BeFree Textline, an SMS-based hotline for victims and survivors of human trafficking and at-risk populations, increases every year; and
WHEREAS, Human trafficking affects men, women, and children of all ages. It is necessary to remain aware of this constant modern form of slavery that is happening all around us and for California to take an active stance on preventing and eliminating human trafficking once and for all; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate proclaims January 2019 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California in order to encourage greater awareness of human trafficking within the State of California, the United States, and internationally; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.