Marti MacGibbon, human trafficking survivor, advocate and activist, spoke to California legislators at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Lobby Day. Ms. MacGibbon was invited to speak in support of two new bills, SB 1165, aimed at preventing child sex trafficking, and SB 1388, aimed at reducing demand by making sex buyers accountable. Many thanks to survivor leader Autumn Burris, founder and director of Survivors for Solutions, who organized the group of 9 survivors who attended Lobby Day and advocated for these bills. Ms. Burris also testified before the legislature.
California has the highest rate of child sex trafficking in the U.S., and California Against Slavery is working hard to create change now. Marti worked with a delegation of volunteers organized by California Against Slavery, or CAS. Coordinating foundations were Survivors4Solutions, MISSSY, Love Never Fails, and other California non-profits dedicated to assisting victims, raising awareness, and training citizens and organizations to recognize possible victims and prevent human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
Update! SB 1388 and 1165 were both passed this week in their respective committees, with bipartisan support.