Human Trafficking: Arizona Takes Action​

Governor's Office

March 8, 2017

Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1307 defines trafficking as enticing, recruiting, harboring, providing, transporting, or otherwise obtaining a person to cause that person to engage in any prostitution or sexually explicit performance by deception, force, or coercion. Deception, force, or coercion is not a required element for persons trafficked under 18 years of age.

A shorter definition: It is the exploitation of another human being—and it will not be tolerated in the state of Arizona.

Human trafficking is an increasingly urgent issue that deserves attention and deserves to be addressed with a serious and strategic plan. With help from the Arizona Human Trafficking Council (through the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family) and law enforcement officers across the state and nation, that’s what we’re doing. Arizona continues to be a leader in combating this horrific crime.

FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING:

  • The average age of entry for youth into sex trafficking in Arizona is 14. (Office Of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, Arizona State University)
  • In Arizona, 1 in 3 homeless young adults have experienced sex trafficking—and the figure is even higher when isolating for female victims. (“Youth Experiences Survey,” Office Of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, Arizona State University)
  • In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims. (National Center For Missing And Exploited Children)
  • Only 1-2% of human trafficking victims are ever identified. (National Human Trafficking Resource Center)
  • Victims are typically U.S. citizens, including adults, girls, boys, and transgender youth. (National Human Trafficking Resource Center)

ARIZONA LEADING THE WAY

Arizona—under the leadership of the Arizona Human Trafficking Councilcontinues to be a nationwide leader in combating human trafficking.

In December 2015, Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order empowering the council to keep up its successful work.  And, with the passage of meaningful legislation in House Bill 2553, we have been able to strengthen our laws, go after the criminals responsible for these crimes, and help victims recover.

Thanks to the unparalleled efforts of co-chairs Cindy McCain and Gil Orrantia and all of the council’s members, Arizona is successfully working to prevent sex trafficking in our state.

Governor Ducey supports all efforts to pursue justice for victims of human trafficking, whether those efforts are in a civil proceeding or in a criminal proceeding. This includes legal efforts pursued by victims themselves and by organizations and entities that provide services to victims of human trafficking.

ARIZONA HUMAN TRAFFICKING COUNCIL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • Governor Ducey—who had the honor of serving as a member of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council prior to becoming governor—knows firsthand the hard work and dedication of this council.
  • The council was established in 2014 to:
    • Develop a comprehensive and coordinated victims’ service plan;
    • Evaluate and report to the governor statewide data on human trafficking;
    • Promote greater collaboration with law enforcement, state agencies and the community-at-large; and
    • Raise public awareness about victims’ services, restitution and prevention. 

Check out all of the council’s great accomplishments last year: http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/

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