ForcesForSara is proud to announce The Sara Kruzan Bill, SB 327 Yee, Human Trafficking: Recall and Resentencing giving victims of sex trafficking the same protections as victims of domestic violence in CA! Please review the fact sheet *below* and send our drafted letter with your letter head asap! The hearing’s April 9th. Jan. 22 we lobbied in Sacramento to make this all possible!!!!!!! @forcesforsara
SB327–YEE HUMAN TRAFFICKING: RECALL AND RESENTENCING
Human trafficking is a criminal business that profits from enslaving people for forced labor or sexual servitude. In the United States, the average age of a victim when they are first trafficked for sex trade is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls or foster children who have suffered sexual abuse. Traffickers or pimps are master manipulators who gain a victim’s trust before forcing them into commercial sex acts and keeping them compliant through violence and drugs. California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
Trafficked victims often suffer physical abuse and psychology trauma similar to domestic violence victims. However, trafficked victims are not entitled to the same level of defense as domestic violence victims.
Due to a lack of awareness, victims of human trafficking are often not even recognized as victims and thus evidence surrounding their abuse related to the charges against them are not been considered in the court.
Existing law provides that a writ of habeas corpus based on intimate partner battering may be prosecuted if evidence relating to intimate partner battering and its effects were not presented during trial court proceedings, and is of substance that had it been presented, there is a probablility that the judgement of conviction or sentence would have been different.
This bill would make the same provisions allowed for victims of intimate partner ￼battering applicapble to sexually exploited and trafficked victims in cases where the trafficking of the victim was not introduced into evidence to include cases where the evidence was not competent or substantial and where such evidence may have changed the sentence not just the conviction.
California Against Slavery (sponsor) California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
￼Senator Leland Yee, PH.D.
*****Letter of Support To Be Sent Immediately*****
Please no snail mail. Email or fax to: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (916) 327-2186.
Senator Leland Yee
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 4074
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: Senate Bill 327 (Yee. Human Trafficking: Recall and Resentencing) – SUPPORT
Dear Senator Yee:
I am pleased to pledge our support of SB 327 on behalf of ____(your organization)________.
Despite public perception, human slavery is still a viable trade in our communities. While some victims originate from other countries, 72% of victims in our state are American children and women according to the California Attorney General’s Office. The average age of entry into the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. These children are sold for the financial gain of traffickers and the perversion of buyers.
While trafficked victims often suffer physical abuse and psychology trauma similar to domestic violence victims, they currently are not entitled to the same level of defense as domestic violence victims.
As a society and in our laws, we only began to recognize the victimology of children and women trapped in human trafficking in the past decade. Our nation formally recognized the crime of human trafficking in 2000 with the passage of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), and our state enacted it in 2005 (AB22). But modern slavery has existed long before, and victims have suffered in silence.
It is perverse to suggest a child who has been sexually exploited and physically assaulted and tortured would warrant a lesser defense than an adult in an abusive dating relationship. We firmly stand behind this bill to give victims of human trafficking the same level of defense as domestic violence victims.
Thank you for your leadership to protect victims of human trafficking.