Intercultural Human Rights Law Review

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Section I of this article will provide updated statistical data on human trafficking in California, demonstrating increased consciousness, heightened awareness and the ongoing search for effective tools. Sections II and III will highlight the important psychological and practical economic impact asset forfeiture laws have on crime. These sections will also provide a comprehensive review how forfeiture is currently implemented in the fight against human trafficking. Sections IV and V will argue why human trafficking crimes must be subjected to California's civil asset forfeiture laws: how civil forfeiture reduces both the supply-side and demand-side of trafficked victims. It will also provide a concrete analytical framework upon which legislative changes could be made, extending the current asset forfeiture statute to fully encompass crimes of human trafficking.

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