Human Trafficking Curriculum Headed to Classrooms with Bonta’s AB 1227
(Sacramento, CA) - Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1227 which will help keep children from being exploited for labor or sex by requiring school districts to include human trafficking prevention education in grades 7-12 as part of comprehensive sexual health education.
“By providing prevention education, AB 1227 aims to attack the problem of human trafficking at the root,” said Bonta. “The goal is not only to identify students who are actively being trafficked but also to reduce the number of students who could become victims, buyers, or traffickers. Successful education has the potential to prevent the trauma endured by those who are exploited.”
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $150 billion-a-year global industry. Two million children are trafficked every year, including an estimated 100,000 in the United States. Compared to other states, California has the highest rates of human trafficking in the nation.
The education outlined in AB 1227 will focus on human trafficking identification and prevention and must occur at least once in middle school and once in high school. The bill also mandates training about human trafficking for school district personnel.
“I thank Governor Brown for signing this important bill. By training teachers and administrators to recognize the signs of human trafficking, they will be able to respond by connecting students with the services they need and thereby help reduce human trafficking,” Bonta concluded.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.