Legislation sponsored by City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich (AB 2212) that provides a new civil remedy designed to shut down human trafficking operations has now passed through both the California Assembly and Senate. The bill is scheduled for a final concurrence vote in the Assembly within the next week, at which time it will be sent to the Governor for his signature.
“Human trafficking is a terrible crime that violates basic human rights and everything our country stands for,” said City Attorney Trutanich. “The legislation sponsored by my Office will provide prosecutors with an essential tool to immediately shut down these heinous operations and provide needed resources to victims. I thank the California Legislature for joining us in this fight and urge the Governor to approve this much needed legislation.”
AB 2212, authored by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego), adds human trafficking to the list of specified illegal activities under nuisance abatement law. Buildings found to facilitate human trafficking will be declared a nuisance, forced to shut down and assessed a fee and civil fine up to $25,000.
According to CIA estimates, as many as 15,000 to 17,500 men, women and children are trafficked into the United States every year. Los Angeles is one of our country’s the top three entry points for victims of slavery and trafficking.