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Human Trafficking Task Force Commemorates New State Law, Announces GoalsHuman Trafficking Task Force Commemorates New State Law, Announces Goals<div class="ExternalClassE279DCA174744B93AB23AAC2519D8F8A"><p>Today, Vice Mayor Jim Waring hosted a news conference at Chase Field to commemorate a new human trafficking law that takes effect today, and to announce plans for the future of the Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force.  Speakers included Phoenix Assistant Police Chief Sandra Renteria, Glendale Police Chief Deborah Black, survivor-advocate Savannah Sanders and Attorney General Tom Horne.  Police chiefs from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe were also in attendance.  </p><p>HB 2454 increases penalties against traffickers and Johns, addresses online trafficking advertisements and creates criminal and civil penalties, and recognizes minor victims of human trafficking as victims under the law.<br>"Our entire council supported this law during the legislative session because we understand that we have to strengthen Arizona's stance against human trafficking and child prostitution," said Mayor Greg Stanton.  "When it comes to these heinous crimes, we are all working together to make our community a safer place for every resident."</p><p>“Today’s event demonstrates the unified force at play here in Arizona when it comes to combating this crime that preys on children,” said Vice Mayor Waring.  “This goes way beyond a big sporting event.  This is about making it clear who the criminals are – and who are the victims – and moves us closer to ensuring Arizona is the most undesirable state in the nation for this kind of criminal activity – 365 days of the year.” </p><p> Task Force members include O’Connor House, ASU School of Social Work, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, TRUST, Natalie’s House, Southwest Airlines, Arizona Foundation for Women, Hicky Family Foundation, Phoenix Dream Center, Tumbleweed, Ascension Lutheran Church.</p><p>The Task Force is focusing on four areas: Community Awareness and Outreach, Training, Law Enforcement and Victims Services.  </p><p> For more information, visit the Stop Human Trafficking website, phoenix.gov/stophumantrafficking or call the District 2 office at 602-262-7445 or email council.district.2@phoenix.gov. </p></div>7/24/2014 11:25:00 PMMichael Hammett602-495-5405