Tougher Sex Trafficking Laws Sought by Councilmember O’Donnell

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Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell - Photo from

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Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell will ask his Council colleagues on Tuesday to join him in supporting tougher penalties for those who solicit sex from minors, in an aim to break the cycle of sex trafficking.

“My goal is to stop sex trafficking by raising awareness and increasing penalties for those who participate in this crime,” said O’Donnell. “It’s time to educate the public on what’s happening in their community.”

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
  • 7 out of 9 arrested are connected to gangs. This shows gangs are heavily involved in this crime due to its high profits
  • The sex trafficking victim will make $500.00 per day for their pimps working 16 hours per day and 7 per week. This means on average $ 3,500 a week
  • Long Beach has seen a 100 percent increase in its sex trafficking cases in 2013
  • Long Beach has had 8 cases since January 2013, with 17 women rescued, 14 of them were juveniles.
  • LBPD has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security, which provides overtime funding for detective investigation efforts

The item will be heard on the regular agenda of the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday, September 17 at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers.

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