California Against Slavery is stopping in Fresno on a statewide road trip to expose human trafficking. Daphne Phung, founder of California Against Slavery, will discuss how the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act will help curb human trafficking in our state, how to get involved in the campaign and how to be an effective spokesperson in your community.

When: Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00pm

Where: Fresno State University-University Business Center, PB191, Alice Peters Auditorium. Relaxed Parking available in the UBC lot) Peter’s Building.

Who:Speakers include Daphne Phung (Founder, California Against Slavery) followed by audience question and answer.

What to bring: Just bring yourself and any friends who want to join you – the more, the merrier!

Let us know if you are coming at cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com! See you there.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, there will be a training for those interested in helping gets signatures for the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act. The training will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Revue, 620 E Olive Ave.(hey training AND you can buy a delicious beverage)
Help get signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that will help fight human trafficking in California.
Slated for the November 2012 California Ballot, the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act will deter traffickers with higher penalties and fines, use fines to fund victim services, remove barriers to prosecute child sex traffickers, mandate training for law enforcement officers, require convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders, require all sex offenders to disclose Internet accounts, and protect victims in court proceedings.
Join the team of dedicated volunteers across California to gather signatures for this monumental initiative between now and April 2012. We need all the help we can get to gather signatures.
This training will give all the information about the initiative and how to get signatures.
The Freedom Week team will need volunteers to get signatures at the Freedom Week events and welcome volunteers to join on.
For more information, go to caseact.org

So we have many bills currently proposed in the state legislature. (see our previous post)
However, even if these pass, there are still needs to be addressed that are not in the current law. One major need is for the state law to reflect the federal definition of human trafficking of minors in prosecution of perpetrators of such a crime. In order to prove that a suspect is guilty of sex trafficking of an adult, it must be proven that there was force, fraud, or coercion involved. However, any juvenile who is being sold for sex is a sex trafficking victim, regardless if force, fraud, or coercion was used, according to the federal definition of human trafficking. As of yet, though, California state law requires that force, fraud, or coercion be proven for all human trafficking cases, including those involving juvenile victim. (Fortunately, California has one of the highest ratings for key Human Trafficking provisions, granted by Polaris Project)
California Against Slavery is working to get an initiative on the 2012 California ballot.
According to the group, this ballot initiative would strengthen California’s human trafficking laws by:
Increasing penalty for human trafficking from the current 8-year maximum in prison to a maximum of life in prison and fines up to $500,000
Protecting minors by allowing prosecutors to prove sex trafficking of a minor without a showing of force
Mandating human trafficking training for law enforcement officers.

To get the initiative on the ballot, they need to get 700,000 signatures and raise $1 million.
CAS has a list of their needs and volunteer opportunities on their website at http://californiaagainstslavery.org/get-involved/