The Little Hoover Commission recently released a series of three reports aimed at strengthening the State of California's response to labor trafficking. These reports were developed with contributions from numerous expert stakeholders across the state and the nation - victims and their advocates; prosecutors; labor inspectors and other critical local, state, and federal government employees; academic and legal researchers; and members of the public. The Commission learned about and describes in its reports a number of challenges to combatting labor trafficking: the lack of prevalence data, the need to coordinate across agencies and jurisdictions, the difficulty identifying labor trafficking, limited help for victims, and the difficulty enforcing state laws against trafficking. Each report contains specific recommendations for state lawmakers to take stronger action to detect this crime, help victims and survivors, and prosecute traffickers. Though geared toward California, these findings and recommendations may help inform efforts elsewhere.
The Commission's reports and other material related to these studies are available at www.lhc.ca.gov:
Human Trafficking: Coordinating a California Response (June 2020):
Labor Trafficking: Strategies to Uncover this Hidden Crime (September 2020):
Labor Trafficking: Strategies to Help Victims and Bring Traffickers to Justice (October 2020):
About the Little Hoover Commission
The Little Hoover Commission is a bipartisan, independent state oversight agency created in 1962. It includes 13 Commissioners appointed by California's Governor and legislative leaders. The Commission's mission is to investigate state operations and promote efficiency, economy and improved service.