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November 9, 2012

ABA President Praises California Anti-Trafficking Law, Urges Other States to Follow

ABA President Laurel G. Bellows

ABA President Laurel G. Bellows

The following is a statement by ABA President Laurel G. Bellows:

California’s overwhelming support for Proposition 35 is an encouraging sign that human trafficking in the United States is becoming part of the national dialogue.

The Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE) aims to toughen punishments for those who exploit human beings for profit, raise awareness about the existence of modern-day slavery in our country and ensure that law enforcement officials identify children as victims rather than criminals. Although some have suggested changes to this law that merit consideration, Californians’ strong support for the CASE Act demonstrates that our nation’s most populous state is taking seriously the elimination of what is perhaps the greatest criminal justice issue of our time. This law, like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, is a step forward in fighting modern-day slavery.

California’s focus on human trafficking should serve as a model for other states.  The _ and the ABA’s Task Force on Human Trafficking are working with the Uniform Law Commission to draft a model statute on human trafficking to be implemented by states across the country.  It is the ABA’s goal that lawyers around the nation work with their state legislatures to pass this model anti-human trafficking law once it is approved by the commission, as soon as this summer.

(Media contact: Rob Boisseau, -1093, )

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