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New Senate Bill 14 Will Classify Sex Trafficking Under Three Strikes Law

According to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California consistently ranks as the state with the highest number of reported human trafficking cases in the United States. 
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Sacramento, California—Senator Shannon Grove has taken a crucial step in the fight against sex trafficking by introducing Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) in California. This bill seeks to redefine the legal status of sex trafficking of minors as a serious offense under California law, ensuring that it becomes a strike offense under the Three Strikes law.

With this legislative proposal, California aims to bolster protections for victims of sex trafficking and address the alarming prevalence of this heinous crime.

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Senate Bill 14, aims to close a critical gap in California’s legal framework surrounding sex trafficking. Currently, sex trafficking is categorized as a non-serious offense, preventing it from being considered a strike under the Three Strikes law. This classification fails to fully acknowledge the gravity of this crime and the profound impact it has on victims.

In South Central Los Angeles, along Figueroa Street, a prominent area has emerged as a significant hub for sex trafficking. Disturbingly, women, as well as young Black and Brown girls, can be observed clad in scanty attire or even partially nude, resembling the atmosphere of a strip club. 

These distressing scenes unfold in broad daylight, with young children inadvertently exposed to these sights as they commute home from school accompanied by their families. Despite numerous disappearances of young women in the community, the City of Los Angeles has implemented minimal measures to address or mitigate these alarming sex trafficking zones within the inner city.

Ruthey Smith’s mother and family have been desperately seeking answers since the young mother vanished after being last seen on Figueora in South Central. They have had no contact with her for over a year. Senator Grove’s proposed bill aims to tackle these persistent issues of young girls being trafficked from marginalized communities, especially Los Angeles.

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In 2022, the remains of 16-year-old Tioni Theus, who was suspected to be a victim of sex trafficking in South Central, were discarded from a moving vehicle near the on-ramp of the 110 freeway, in close proximity to a known sex trafficking area. 

SB 14 addresses this pressing concern by amending the Penal Code to include sex trafficking of minors in the list of serious crimes under California law. By doing so, the bill ensures that perpetrators who engage in the trafficking of minors face stricter consequences. 

According to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California consistently ranks as the state with the highest number of reported human trafficking cases in the United States. 

Recognizing the severity of this issue, the California Attorney General has aptly described human trafficking as “modern-day slavery,” noting that it is a rapidly expanding criminal enterprise with an estimated annual worth of $150 billion globally. Moreover, this illicit industry thrives on the exploitation of the most vulnerable populations.

The introduction of SB 14 is a significant milestone in California’s efforts to combat human trafficking and protect its victims. By recognizing the urgent need for enhanced legal measures, Senator Grove and fellow advocates are taking a crucial step towards the fight against sex trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable young women and girls.

Slauson Girl is a South Central native who has a love for journalism, history and all things Hip-Hop. She holds a B.A in Critical Race & Gender Theory & a Minor in Journalism. Follow Me on IG @Slausongirl

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