You may have seen the volunteers out in front of local grocery stores in Grass Valley collecting signatures to stop human trafficking. The signatures are needed to qualify for the November 2012 Statewide General Election Ballot, the CASE Act hopes to strengthen penalties against human trafficking and improve Megan’s Law against online predators. Peggy Fava with CASE a non-profit group spear heading the signature gathering effort, claims there are children in Nevada county who are victims of human sex trafficking.
“People are being sold- kids. You’re going ‘this can’t be happening.’ But it is happening. The fact that we’re bringing it to their attention and saying ‘this has got to stop.”
The CASE ACT asks for Increased prison terms for human traffickers, Increased fines up to $1.5M to fund victim services, and would Mandate human trafficking training for law enforcement, The group needs 800 thousand signatures by the end of April to qualify for the November ballot. Fava says they have collected a little over 100 thousand signatures so far.