(Sacramento) – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) discusses his bill, AB 2035, which would steer services to assist children who are sexually exploited.
A full transcript is below. This week’s address is 1:29
Here is the link to audio of this week’s address:
Website of Assemblymember Chesbro: http://asmdc.org/chesbro
“This is the Democratic weekly address from the Assembly Democratic Caucus.”
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro:
“This is Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro.
You’ve heard it said a million times: Children are our most precious resource. Well, it turns out it’s true.
It’s also true, however, that there are children – who are often foster youth – being sexually exploited. And this exploitation is happening close to home. According to the FBI, three of the largest sex trafficking markets are right here in California.
The average age of children recruited into sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old. And some are much younger.
Rescues do happen. But too often, these children are sent into the juvenile justice system and pulled farther away from the life we wish for them.
I have authored a bill, AB 2035, which will help these victims gain access to housing, healthcare and mental health services through the child welfare system.
Trafficked children need to be recognized as victims and must have access to services through a system designed to protect and serve them. They should not be abandoned into a system designed for children who have committed crimes.
Clearly, one piece of legislation cannot solve the entire problem. But just as clearly, we cannot turn away from this issue. We must support these children and help them overcome their exploitation so they may move forward with their lives. AB 2035 is a step in that direction.
I’m Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro. Thank you for listening.”
CONTACT: Andrew Bird, (916) 319-2002