Human trafficking – Too close for comfort

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Earlier this session I spoke on the Assembly Floor on House Resolution 7 that I jointly wrote with Assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-San Bernardino. HR 7 declares January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California, part of a nationwide effort to combat this growing menace. A form of modern slavery, human trafficking has grown 842% in the United States since 2007. Worldwide, there are over 40 million victims of human trafficking, 75% of the victims are women and girls and 25% are children. Unfortunately, California, with its harbors, coastlines and international border, has one of the highest instances of human trafficking in the nation. Locally, recent studies indicated that human trafficking is the second-largest underground economy in San Diego County, after drug traffic
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