On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after passing her resolution at today’s City Council meeting in support of Senate Bill 630.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Statement From Councilwoman Nury Martinez After Passing Her Resolution in Support of Senate Bill 630
Los Angeles, CA - City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after passing her resolution at today’s City Council meeting in support of Senate Bill 630:
“Specifically, SB 630 would grant local governments the authority to regulate and enforce the posting of signage informing victims of human trafficking and the public of telephone hotline numbers that can be used to seek help or report unlawful activity. I have supported this initiative since it was first introduced as SB 1193 and have seen its success in the increase of hotline calls. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the number of human trafficking cases reported in 2017 was 8,524. Over 1,300 of these cases were reported in California, more than any other state. Since elected to this Council, I have advocated for the implementation of this legislation in the City of Los Angeles. That includes working with the LAPD, as well as organizations like CAST and the National League of Jewish Women LA to make sure the most vulnerable are aware of the support available.
“With this new amendment, our City will now have the necessary tools to create and implement enforcement mechanisms to ensure that the required businesses comply. It is crucial that we, as a City, ensure that this law is being followed, because when a victim is hopeless these posters make a difference. In establishments that are known to be places where human trafficking activity occurs, like airports, passenger rail, bus stations, truck stops, and hotels, it is crucial that this life-changing information is readily available. So that when a victim makes the decision to ask for help, the question of who to ask or where to call, is not one that deters their first step towards freedom.”
"Our counties and cities are on the frontlines of the fight to eradicate human trafficking. We’ll be safer and more secure if they have the enforcement tools they need to end this modern slavery— and that’s exactly what SB630 provides,” said Senator Stern. “I want to thank Councilmember Martinez for her bold and aggressive leadership on this issue. Today’s show of unity should send a message to human traffickers hoping to prey upon the City of Los Angeles that we have no intention of losing this fight.”
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the Sixth Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.