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A California secretary of state's program that provides free post office boxes to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking could also soon begin serving survivors of human trafficking.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla and state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) on Thursday introduced legislation that extends benefits under the Safe at Home initiative to former victims of forced sex work or labor.
The confidential address program, launched in 1999, provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to participants, allowing them to privately receive mail, open bank accounts, register to vote and fill out government forms.
Padilla said he wanted to expand the program to ensure it served victims swept into a quickly growing criminal industry in California.
"It is a very difficult situation if you can't communicate confidentially with the people who are trying to help," he said.
Safe at Home has served roughly 7,000 people and currently has nearly 3,200 participants. Padilla and Leyva said they did not know how many more people the bill could potentially cover.
But trade of forced sex and labor has wide reach in California, where national human trafficking hotline calls generated 1,323 cases in 2016 — nearly twice as many as any other state.
The legislation "would try to help victims move on with their life and hopefully live in peace," Leyva said.