"My goal is to stop sex trafficking by raising awareness and increasing penalties for those who participate in this crime," O'Donnell remarked in a news release.
"It's time to educate the public on what's happening in their community."
This primer was issues by O'Donnell's office:
What is Human Trafficking?
- Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where the act of commercial sex is induced by force, fraud or coercion where people profit from control and exploitation
- Involves minors, adults, boys and girls coerced, forced or deceived into commercial sex acts or forced into labor
- Sex Trafficking victims earn as much as $1,000 per day
- Seven out of nine arrested are connected to gangs. This shows gangs are heavily involved in this crime because of its high profits
- The sex trafficking victim will make $500 per day for their pimps, working 16 hours per day and seven days per week. This means on average $3,500 a week
- Long Beach has experienced a 100 percent increase in its sex trafficking cases in 2013
- Long Beach has had eight cases since January 2013, with 17 women rescued; 14 of them were juveniles.
- LBPD has joined in a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, which provides overtime funding for detective investigation efforts