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By Jim Desmond
San Diego County District 5 Supervisor 

"SB 14: Addressing Human Trafficking as a Serious Felony"


Last updated 9/14/2023 at 10:53am

In response to the reversal of the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee’s decision regarding SB 14, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond released this statement.

“It was disheartening to see as human trafficking is categorized as a “non-serious” crime, undermining its severity and neglecting the urgent need to protect our most vulnerable populations from this modern-day slavery.”

The news of the Assembly Public Safety Committee passing SB 14, designating child trafficking as a serious felony in California, is a welcome development. However, I cannot overlook the disappointment and frustration that this crucial legislation had to go through a forced emergency hearing to receive the attention it deserved. The initial vote should have never come to this.

Child trafficking is an unspeakable crime that shatters the lives of innocent children, and it demands our utmost attention and action. It is disheartening that such a matter of human rights and protecting our most vulnerable had to be politicized. This is not a partisan issue.

While I appreciate the Assembly Public Safety Committee’s unanimous vote in favor of SB 14, we should not have reached this point. The fact that this had to go to a special session speaks to the need for our state Legislature to prioritize the concerns and well-being of our communities.

I firmly believe that safeguarding our children from the horrors of child trafficking should be a shared goal, transcending party lines. We must set aside our differences and work together to eradicate this despicable crime. It is incumbent upon all of us to prioritize the safety and well-being of our children and restore faith in the integrity of our legislative processes.

I urge the entire California Assembly to pass this into law immediately and hold human traffickers accountable.”

Jim Desmond

– San Diego County District 5 Supervisor

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