The bill to combat human trafficking in hotels and motels is adopted

Bill would allow lawyers to penalize hotel/motel owners if supervisors knew or willfully ignored victims were being trafficked

— This week, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced that his bill to combat human trafficking in hotels and motels had passed the Assembly. state of California with bipartisan support.

Specifically, AB 1788 would allow city attorneys and district attorneys to impose civil penalties on hotel and motel owners if supervisors knew or willfully ignored that victims were being trafficked and did not contact neither law enforcement, nor a support group for victims of trafficking, nor the national anti-trafficking body. hotline.

“Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the United States, and it happens in hotels and motels in every region of California,” said Cunningham, former San Luis County District Attorney. Obispo. “AB 1788 will give local prosecutors another tool to rescue victims of trafficking and punish those who attempt to provide traffickers with a safe haven. I am grateful for the overwhelming support of my colleagues for this important bill.

AB 1788 is supported by Crime Victims United, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, the California State Sheriffs’ Association, the California District Attorneys’ Association, Concerned Women for America, and other law enforcement and public interest groups.

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.

Asm. Suzette Martinez Valladares (R-Santa Clarita) is co-author of AB 1788. Asm. Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Asm. Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Niguel) are co-writers.

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