(Assemblyman John Hambrick) – There is an unspoken battle being waged in our society. We are all aware of the on-going public battles. Taxes, spending, public employee benefits, Social Security, and Medicare just to name a few.
The unspoken battle; however, is one that will see the forces of good and evil in a pitched battle for the very soul of our communities. This battle does not involve the “religious right” or any other faith based entity.
This battle targets the young and kills their spirit and causes an emptiness that may last a life time. This is the battle against human trafficking.
Human trafficking is one of those things our parents would not have discussed in “polite” society. But the time has come to open the windows, pull back the drapes and let the sunshine in. We—yes—we (all of us) must wake up and realize that this battle has to be fought and won.
Las Vegas is the national capitol for human trafficking. Men come to our community and “buy” the bodies of girls, some as young as eleven (11) years old. This activity takes place on our streets in full view of the public, not necessarily in the back alleys or sleazy hotels. The consequences to the young victims can easily impact their whole lives, unless we act, and act now!
I ask you to go to my web site (www.hambrick4assembly.com) and view the short video about Assembly Bill 380. This piece of legislation was signed into law over a year ago and now I have submitted four additional bill draft requests (BDR) that will go after the buyers and the traffickers (pimps) AND increase criminal and civil penalties for both. The fourth “BDR” will also allow a human trafficking victim to regain some aspect of her life by providing an opportunity to clear her record.
If you have questions or comments please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-499-6169.