Two bills passed through the state Legislature today that force convicted criminals to give up any profits they make from trafficking minors into California. The cash would be funneled into helping the emotionally traumatized victims, Attorney General Kamala Harris said.
State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) authored S.B. 1133, which lists what assets human traffickers would have to forfeit upon conviction. The bill also has a formula for distributing the money, ensuring human traffickers cannot benefit from enslaving kids.
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) penned a second bill (A.B. 2466) that says human traffickers can't liquidate their trafficking earnings prior to being convicted. It would protect the money so that if the trafficker were convicted, the money would to go to provide restitution to the victims.