SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A bill sponsored by 3Strands Global Foundation (www.3SGF.org) to establish mandatory human trafficking prevention education and training for teachers and students, passed the California State Assembly today, clearing its way to the Senate.
AB 1227, which received bi-partisan support in the Assembly, requires California public schools to offer education and training on human trafficking identification and prevention to protect children from being exploited for labor or sex.
This bill adds human trafficking to the existing sexual health education framework in both middle and high school. It includes topics to provide information on the prevalence and nature of the crime, the strategies to reduce the risk of human trafficking, techniques to set healthy boundaries, and how to safely seek assistance. Teacher and administrator training is covered in the bill, as are the tools necessary to identify when a child is at risk of being trafficked.
“It is necessary for counties to implement comprehensive prevention education and training procedures to reduce incidents of human trafficking,” said 3Strands Global Foundation President and Co-Founder Ashlie Bryant. “Providing students with awareness and education can minimize the possibility of trafficking as a result of tactics used by traffickers, such as force, fraud or coercion.”
Such comprehensive prevention education and training procedures would be designed to:
- Coordinate the efforts of counties, local agencies, and other stakeholders through agreed-upon protocols
- Train county leadership, administrators, and educators to identify children that have been, or may be at risk of being, exploited, and how to proceed when potential victims are identified
- Teach California’s school-age population how to avoid becoming victims of exploitation, and help them learn ways to address the problem of exploitation
- Evaluate how the implementation of prevention education and training affect the incidence of human trafficking and the levels of knowledge and vigilance about the issue
The bill passed the Assembly unanimously and will move on to the Senate.