Target: California Attorney General Kamala Harris
Goal: To thank California’s Attorney General for vowing to crack down on human trafficking
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise. Currently, California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for human trafficking. California Attorney General Kamala Harris has acknowledged this horrifying issue and has vowed to take action against human trafficking and those responsible for it.
Human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking and forced labor, has been increasing over the years. Human traffickers have been able to use technology to their advantage in order to advertise their “promises” and recruit individuals. Traffickers use social media as a means of luring vulnerable individuals with false promises of a better life. The individuals who fall victim to these promises are exploited and made into modern-day slaves.
With human trafficking becoming such an unavoidable issue, law enforcement has vowed to “pursue the highest penalties possible” against human traffickers. Law enforcement is hoping to send a strong message to all human traffickers through federal prosecutions; if an individual is convicted of any kind of human trafficking, he will spend a considerable amount of time in prison.
In addition to implementing harsher punishments for human traffickers, law enforcement wants to educate the general public about human trafficking. By raising awareness, law enforcement hopes to enable the public to identify and help victims of human trafficking. Oftentimes the victims of human trafficking are far too afraid to come forward and ask for help. By educating the public to recognize the warning signs of human trafficking, more victims can be saved and freed from the vicious cycle they have been forced into.
Vowing to take a stand against human trafficking and to crack down on human traffickers is a great start from Ms. Harris. Sign the petition below to thank her for her efforts and to urge her to uphold her promises.
Dear Ms. Harris,
I would like to commend you for your efforts against human trafficking and those who are responsible for it. With human trafficking becoming such an unavoidable issue, I feel that now is an ideal time to educate the public about it.
I thank you for your suggestion to give human traffickers the highest penalties possible. This sends them the message that their crimes will not be taken lightly and they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Educating the general public about the warning signs of human trafficking is also a commendable notion. By educating the public, you are increasing the chances of victims escaping their situations.
While vowing to take these measures against human trafficking and human traffickers is a start, I am urging you to go beyond your promises. Please take action to make these promises a reality.
[Your Name Here]
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