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ACR-6 Human trafficking.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 6
CHAPTER 5

Relative to human trafficking.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  February 21, 2013. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 6, Donnelly. Human trafficking.
This resolution would recognize the month of January 2013, and each following January, as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and it would recognize February 1, 2013, and each following February 1, as California’s Free From Slavery Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, President Barack Obama declared January 2011 to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in National Freedom Day on February 1, 2011; and
WHEREAS, President Barack Obama called “upon the People of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery” and that fighting this scourge is a shared responsibility; and
WHEREAS, Our nation was founded upon the principle of freedom, and we affirmed this principle with ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution that guaranteed people within our borders protection from slavery; and
WHEREAS, Americans are committed to individual freedom and will do all they can to help eliminate modern day slavery, which includes human trafficking, early and forced marriage, forced labor, bonded labor, and slavery by descent; and
WHEREAS, Beyond all differences of race, creed, or political persuasion, Americans are one people who must face national threats together, and while they now live with a heightened awareness of human trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery, they refuse to allow them to continue; and
WHEREAS, Human trafficking can occur in many forms. Sexual slavery, involuntary domestic servitude, and child soldiering are just a few of the abuses that men, women, and children are subjected to; and
WHEREAS, The United States Department of State’s “Trafficking in Persons Report 2010” includes the United States in its rankings for the first time in the report’s 10-year history showing the United States as a growing magnet for traffickers to conduct their illegal and inhumane business; and
WHEREAS, The Central Intelligence Agency estimated that approximately 15,000 to 17,000 men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States every year, making the United States one of the top three trafficking destinations along with Japan and Australia; and
WHEREAS, California is a prime destination for human trafficking, along with other states including New York, Texas, and Nevada; and
WHEREAS, California’s unique geography makes it a particularly vulnerable location for human trafficking because of its extensive international border, numerous ports and airports, and overall large economy; and
WHEREAS, Apart from the harm that this crime causes its victims, secondary consequences of human trafficking can severely affect California communities. The link between human trafficking and other criminal activities, including, but not limited to, human smuggling, drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime, increases the potential for other violent crime. The United States Department of State reports that the impact of human trafficking on surrounding communities includes increased crime and gang activity, child exploitation, public health problems, and depressed wages; and
WHEREAS, The Legislature recognizes the vital role California can play in preventing and one day ending modern slavery; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes January 2013, and each following January, as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature recognizes February 1, 2013, and each following February 1, as California’s Free From Slavery Day, and calls upon all Californians to follow President Obama’s charge to “educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking”; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.