UCF Global Perspectives


New California Laws Target Human Trafficking

Michelle Murillo, Francis Bok Human Trafficking Awareness Fellow

October 4, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown signed six bills into law on Thursday, which are aimed to address human trafficking (NBC). Assembly Bill (AB) No. 2034 and Senate Bill (SB) No. 970 require human trafficking awareness training to transit related or adjacent businesses. Assembly Member Ash Kalra introduced AB 2034, which obligaets  businesses operating intercity passenger travel to provide training employees with awareness training (Gov1). SB 970, introduced by Senator Toni Atkins, amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to require specified employers, hotel and motels, to provide at least 20 minutes of training and education awareness (Gov2). The laws are expected to take effect by 2019 and 2021 respectively.

There is a high amount of support from the community. Ruth Silver-Tauber, an attorney with the Worker’s Rights Clinic, expresses that the bills will increase identification and intervention (NBC). Given the crime’s dependence on transit, employees serving travelers are in unique positions to detect and tackle human trafficking. Silver-Taube also expressed AB 2034 will impact marginalized communities, by giving immigrants an opportunity to “escape from servitude” due to identification of the exploitation by trainees (NBC).




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