SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Mercury News reports a state assembly bill that has been introduced would make a human trafficking awareness training modeled after the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority’s procedure mandatory for public transportation workers across the state.
The assemblymember that authored the bill, Ash Kalra, who served as chair of the VTA while he was a member of the San Jose City Council in 2014, said Assembly Bill 2034 would increase the number of eyes and ears in the community that can recognize human trafficking. The bill passed the assembly in late May and is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
From 2008 to 2017, California had the most human trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline of any state, making up 15.3% of all 8,524 cases reported to the hotline in 2017, according to the report. For the full story, click here.