Target: Daphne Phung, Founder of California Against Slavery
Goal: Support new legislation to bring human traffickers to justice
Recently, California passed Proposition 35, a law that is designed to protect victims (and potential victims) of human trafficking from further mistreatment. One of the defining characteristics of Proposition 35 is that it enhances prosecution efforts against human traffickers. Bringing justice against human traffickers is essential to prevent this terrible crime from continuing to take place. Sign this petition to support Proposition 35 and the justice it is administering to perpetrators of human trafficking.
Christopher Knox, who was convicted of human trafficking in September, became the first human trafficker to be given a life’s sentence under Proposition 35. He was found to have forced a sixteen year old girl into sex trafficking, using a taser as a threat if she did not comply with his demands. Prior to the enactment of Proposition 35, the maximum number of years that Know could have faced in jail would have been eight. However, under Proposition 35, he could be sentenced from fifteen years to life. This petition acknowledges and applauds the important change that Proposition 35 had made for the cause of justice.
Dear Daphne Phung, Founder of California Against Slavery,
California Against Slavery is a truly impactful organization, and the way in which you decided to establish it is inspiring. While many people may see a problem and lament that it exists, you saw a problem and took action to address it. After watching a documentary about sex slaves in America, you were outraged at the laws governing human trafficking perpetrators, particularly with how human traffickers were not punished with commensurate consequences for their crimes. You talked about how in the documentary, two men who had been convicted of trafficking sixteen women were only given fourteen and seven years of prison time.
As you described, the fact that each convict would only serve about one year of time per victim is insulting to your idea of justice. It is commendable that you spotted such a weak area of our law, and resolved to improve it by creating California Against Slavery. While many people advocate for causes, what sets you apart is the fact that you advocate with a specific plan in mind. This is a rare quality, and one that we need to see more of. Thank you for your efforts and the tangible impact that they are making.
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