Shannon Grove, CA Senate GOP Leader
Sacramento, Calif. — Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) introduced SB 1042 to include human trafficking in the list of crimes defined as serious and violent. This would make the crime a three strike strike. Senator Grove explains.
“Human trafficking is a horrific crime plaguing our state, California has been the epicenter of the human trafficking problem for far too long. We must act immediately to end this modern slave trade and protect the most vulnerable people in our communities. It is estimated that 40 million people around the world over the past decade have been forced into the modern form of slavery called human trafficking, a number that continues to grow. is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing crimes in the world, generating an estimated $150 billion worldwide each year.Victims of human trafficking often suffer long-term physical and psychological trauma The American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized the severe trauma suffered by victims of human trafficking and stated the following: ‘Violence and psychological manipulation gic are common, and victims are at increased risk of injury, sexual assault, infectious disease, substance abuse, chronic untreated illnesses, malnutrition, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and other disorders mental health, homicide and suicide.
SB 1042 was introduced in the California State Senate this month and will next be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee.