Surf City Soroptimists of Huntington Beach along with other Soroptimist clubs in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties are working with like-minded agencies and other organizations to put an end to human trafficking in all forms, sex and labor, in southern California.
Working with Human Trafficking task forces, police departments and other organizations, Soroptimists hope to educate and engage the public to eliminate that “pandemic” here in the southland.
Human trafficking, a wide spread pandemic in its own right, is tantamount in California, particularly here in the southland. On September 29, 2022, a new bill, AB 1788, aimed at fighting human trafficking has been signed into law in California.
“The new law means hefty fines for hotel owners who suspect human trafficking is happening but don’t report it.
“It will help incentivize businesses to not turn a blind eye to what’s happening underneath their noses,” said San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow.
The bill, authored by Central Coast Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, was signed into law by Governor Newsom this week.
AB 1788 allows city and district attorneys to fine hotel and motel owners who know that human trafficking is happening on their property, and do not report it to authorities.” (source: ksby.com)
Although it’s almost over, did you know that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month? And so many women who are survivors of human trafficking are also survivors of domestic violence as well.
October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims.
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