Proposition 35 Campaign Releases “Leah’s Story”

Aug 15, 2012   

California – The Proposition 35 campaign today has released a video in which Leah Albright-Byrd, a survivor of human trafficking and advocate, shares her story and her support for the initiative. Slated for the November 2012 ballot, Proposition 35 is an initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children in the state.

In the video, Leah Albright-Byrd shares her moving story of running away from home at age 14 and then being trafficked and sexually exploited. She chronicles her journey from abuse towards her life as a survivor, and shares her strong support for Prop 35.

Leah Albright-Byrd says of the video, “I offered to share my story of being trafficked and sold as a young girl because I want to do everything I can to stop future victims from going through what I did. That’s why I’m speaking up for Prop 35 and asking Californians to support this important initiative. I hope that as people hear my story they will be moved to join our effort and help pass Prop 35 in November.”

Daphne Phung, the founder of California Against Slavery, says of the video, “Leah’s story is a moving account of the devastating effects of human trafficking. Her narrative serves as a call to action to Californians to support Prop 35, which will fight back against human trafficking and sexually exploitation of women and children in our state. Together, we can take stand against these crimes.”

The video can be found on the campaign’s homepage at www.VoteYeson35.com.

About Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California:

In California, many vulnerable women and young girls are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are sexually exploited for the financial gain of human traffickers. They are afraid for their lives and abused – sexually, physically, and mentally.

Human trafficking is said to be one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world – and it is taking place right here in our own backyard. Three cities in California – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego – are recognized by the FBI as high intensity child sex trafficking areas. In addition, a recent national study by a victims’ rights group gave California an “F” grade for its weak laws dealing with child sex trafficking.

Proposition 35, a partnership of California Against Slavery and the Safer California Foundation, will protect children in California by:

· Increasing prison terms for human traffickers.
· Requiring convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders.
· Requiring all registered sex offenders to disclose their internet accounts.
· Requiring criminal fines from convicted human traffickers to pay for services to help victims.

Proposition 35 has also been endorsed by organizations representing over 90,000 rank and file California Peace Officers, advocates for the protection of children, including Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation, and survivors of human trafficking. Prop 35 has strong bipartisan support and is endorsed by both major political parties in California.

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