Since 2010, January marks a national, month-long awareness event to educate Americans on the realities of human trafficking. Often, people are unexposed to the fact that trafficking is a prominent global problem, and this situation allows perpetrators to excel. Even for those who know about modern slavery, it is hard to believe a crime of its magnitude occurs in an industrialized county.
The rise of technology expands the potential of human communication. While this can facilitate ways of combating rights violations, it also increases the capacity of transnational corruptions.
The result of the latest election unseats Tony Rackauckas and his 20-year tenure as the District Attorney of Orange County. It is to be determined how Todd Spitzer will change the leadership the OCDA to combat human trafficking. In the past, he served as Statewide Chairman of Marsy’s Law to secure victim rights and worked as an OC Deputy and Assistant DA where he claimed to have dealt with cases involving human trafficking.
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California continues to be a hotspot for human trafficking and in particular, sex trafficking. According to the Washington Examiner, since the creation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline, reported cases of human trafficking, much of which includes sex trafficking, have gone up 842 percent. In a shocking graphic, California dominates other states in prevalence of reported human trafficking cases.
Two California business associations are joining the fight against sex trafficking. Activists are praising the California Hotel and Lodging Association along with the California Trucking Association for stepping up and taking action in this billion-dollar industry that lacks victim resources.