‘AB 1788 would give local prosecutors and municipal prosecutors another tool to fight trafficking and rescue victims,’ says MP
– This week, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced that he introduced a bill to help combat human trafficking in hotels and motels.
Specifically, AB 1788 would allow city attorneys and district attorneys to impose civil penalties on hotel and motel owners if supervisors knew or should have known that victims were trafficked on the premises and did not did not contact law enforcement.
“Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the United States, and it occurs in seedy hotels and motels in every region of California,” said Cunningham, a former county prosecutor from San Luis Obispo. “AB 1788 would give local prosecutors and municipal prosecutors another tool to fight trafficking and rescue victims. This important bill makes it clear that California will no longer tolerate hotel and motel operators turning a blind eye to this type of illegal activity.
During his legislative career, Cunningham has introduced several anti-human trafficking bills that increase victims’ access to services and increase the types of tools available to law enforcement to prosecute traffickers and the Johns. Four of Cunningham’s human trafficking bills have been signed into law.
Assemblyman Suezette Martinez Valladares (R-Santa Clarita) is co-author of AB 1788. Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) is co-author.