Human Traffic Watch

Human Trafficking: California Attorney General Kamala Harris Vows Crackdown

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on November 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and other law enforcement officials vowed Friday to crack down on human trafficking — both sex trafficking and forced labor — that they said has become the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise.

During a news conference at the University of Southern California, Harris warned that with organized criminal networks and street gangs expanding their operations to sell not only guns and drugs but also people, it is imperative that law enforcement “counter the ruthlessness of human traffickers with our resolve, innovation and collaboration.”

She said human traffickers have been able to snare more victims than ever before by using the Internet and social media to recruit and advertise. She said they lure vulnerable boys, girls, men and women from their homes with promises of a better life, only to exploit them and turn them into modern-day slaves.

According to a report released Friday, “The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012,” California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for human trafficking, believed to be a $32 billion a year global industry.

Source: Huffington Post

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